WB-funded medical waste treatment area built in Quang Ngai hinh anh 1Medical waste is treated at a Ha Noi-based medical waste treatment centre (Illustrative image. VNS File Photo)

The central province of Quang Ngai has become the first locality to host a 120-billion-VND (5.5 million USD) pilot project funded by the World Bank to build a concentrated area for medical waste treatment.

Through 2017, the project will focus on upgrading solid waste management systems in local healthcare facilities and building an area to treat toxic waste from hospitals and healthcare stations in the province, said Nguyen Tan Duc, Director of the Quang Ngai Healthcare Department.

The project will also conduct training courses to raise hospital awareness and capacity in waste management, he said.

The goal is to process 400 kilograms of waste daily. Once classified, toxic waste will be treated with chemicals, grinded and compressed before being buried or burned.

It is expected to ease burdens on the province due to the large amount of waste generated in hospitals each day, said Duc.-VNA