Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 435-

Dangerous and infectious waste generation: Data from a provincial hospital in tropical country


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




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Apaijitt P, Kanchan V, Wiwanitkit V. Dangerous and infectious waste generation: Data from a provincial hospital in tropical country.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:435-435


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Apaijitt P, Kanchan V, Wiwanitkit V. Dangerous and infectious waste generation: Data from a provincial hospital in tropical country. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Apr 7 ];9:435-435
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Dear Sir,

Hospital is a place that has the responsibility for medical care to people. It is no doubt that there can be many wastes generated from hospital daily.[1] Some wastes can be classified as dangerous and infectious wastes. Here, the authors reported the data on dangerous and infectious waste generation from a provincial hospital, namely, Buriram Province in Thailand, a tropical country in Southeast Asia. One-year data record (2014) was used for analysis. In the setting, it is a large hospital with 877 beds. In 1-year period, there are 193,819 and 4,198 kg of infectious and dangerous wastes, respectively. The rates of generation for infectious waste and dangerous wastes are equal to 0.61 and 0.01 kg/bed/day, respectively. The rate of infectious waste generation is about 61 times higher than that of dangerous waste. In fact, there are some previous reports on rate of waste generation from hospital, but subcategorization data are usually lack. In a previous report from Iran, the rate of waste production from a hospital is up to 4.5 kg/bed/day which is considerably high.[2] Another report from Jordan showed that the rate of waste production is 6.10 kg/patient/day.[3] In the present report, a more detailed evaluation is derived. Based on this report, the waste management should cover all types of waste, and the planning to educate the medical personnel, patients, and cousins is recommended.

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