Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 434-

Seasonal variation in amount of infectious waste from nongovernmental waste source from a rural province Thailand


Patthamaporn Apaijitt1, Vechayan Kanchan2, Viroj Wiwanitkit3,  
1 Nangrong Hospital, Thailand
2 Buriram Hospital, Buriram Province, Thailand
3 Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

Correspondence Address:
Viroj Wiwanitkit
Surin Rajabhat University, Surin
Thailand




How to cite this article:
Apaijitt P, Kanchan V, Wiwanitkit V. Seasonal variation in amount of infectious waste from nongovernmental waste source from a rural province Thailand.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:434-434


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Apaijitt P, Kanchan V, Wiwanitkit V. Seasonal variation in amount of infectious waste from nongovernmental waste source from a rural province Thailand. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Nov 17 ];9:434-434
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Dear Sir,

The infectious waste is usually a problem to be managed in public health.[1] Daily heap of infectious waste is generated from several sources. Normally, the system in governmental source seems to be stricter than nongovernmental source, and the monitoring of record usually focuses on governmental source. Oroei et al. noted that “managerial weakness was an important factor in suboptimal disposal of medical waste.”[2] To achieve a good management, the situation analysis is the first step or any action planning. Here, the authors focus interest on the amount of infectious waste from nongovernmental waste source of a rural province Thailand. The province is namely Buriram Province, which is a Border Province between Thailand and Cambodia. The authors review the record on amount of infectious waste from nongovernmental waste source during a 1-year period (2016). Based on this study, the interesting pattern on seasonal variation of in the amount of infectious waste from nongovernmental waste source can be seen in [Table 1]. This trend is interesting because it is different from the previous report from Iran that there is no seasonal variation in rate of production of infectious waste from a waste source.[3] Indeed, the seasonal variation of in amount of infectious waste can have some public health implication. According to a previous report, it is noted that the amount of air-borne pathogens generated from infectious waste is significantly higher in summer.[4] In the present work, the amount of infectious waste is also highest during summer; therefore, the chance for generating many infectious air-borne particles is possible. The special concern and plan for rapid management of the infectious waste during summer period are warranted.{Table 1}

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