Hospital waste collection beyond
Ciudad Juarez does not have an adequate infrastructure for the collection of almost 300 tons of carriers of infectious waste generated at hospitals year, laboratories and other medical institutions, recognized the deputy coordinator of the State Commission for the Prevention of Health Risks (COESPRIS).
Aracely Monreal Salazar said there are only two companies engaged in the collection of these residues in this border, while in the city of Chihuahua, only one company is engaged in this activity.
He said mismanagement in the collection of this type of waste could trigger a health problem in the population.
He said that in Juarez, 273 000 971 kilos of hazardous, infectious biological waste is generated annually. In the case of the capital and some surrounding municipalities waste generation is on the order of 397 000 973 kg.
"Here's what should concern us is to be sure where they are going to stop this waste so we have taken on the task of verifying the establishments that collect this type of waste," he said.
Are hospitals, clinics, laboratories, health centers, dentists, doctors' offices and whether all establishments are related to health are those that are generating such waste.
Salazar explained that there is a standard, 87 which implements in collaboration with SEMARNAT, to verify facilities for the handling and disposal of waste.
He said the carriers of infectious waste is generated throughout the country, "the trouble is that we have only two providers that make the collection here in Juarez."
He said yes sufficient disposal sites are counted but not have enough business to do the collection.
He reiterated that poor management can lead to health problems, since they are handled waste comes from hospitals where treatment was given to a patient who was hospitalized or is presumed to have some kind of disease.