|How to cite this article:
Apaijitt P, Kanchan V, Wiwanitkit V. Infectious waste from subdistrict health promoting hospital: How about the amount?. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:442-3
|How to cite this URL:
Apaijitt P, Kanchan V, Wiwanitkit V. Infectious waste from subdistrict health promoting hospital: How about the amount?. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Nov 14];9:442-3. Available from: https://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2016/9/6/442/193979
Waste management is an interesting issue in public health. The primary care system by the community health service center is the basic system in any country. In Thailand, health promoting hospital is the primary unit to serve the local people in the community. This kind of primary care center provides only primary care service with no bed for hospitalization. Of interest, the primary care activity can also produce infectious waste and there has been no report on the waste production from this kind of medical service center. Here, the authors studied on the amount of infectious waste produced within 1-year period (201) from 25 health promoting hospitals in Buriram province, Thailand. The average infectious waste per year per health promoting hospital is equal to 141.2 ± 86.2 kg. Of interest, although this rate is less than the general hospital, it is of concern since health promoting hospitals usually locates in the community. The good planning to set waste management system in the health promoting hospital is required. In fact, the problem of improper waste management in general hospital can still be seen; hence, it is expected for a possible more problem in the promoting hospital, which has a real function as community primary care center.
Financial support and sponsorship
Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
Schaefer ME. Hazardous waste management. Dent Clin North Am 1991;35:383-90.
Danchaivijitrmd S, Santiprasitkul S, Tiersuwan S, Naksawas K. Problems in the management of medical waste in Thailand. J Med Assoc Thai 2005;88 Suppl 10:S140-4.
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None