HCMC: Medical facilities discharge untreated waste into environment
  • | | August 24, 2011 12:24 PM

Health care centres in HCM City are dumping about 23,000 cubic metres per day into the public sewage system, posing dangers to residents.

Xeo Nhum Drain died because of waste water contamination that came from from Can Tho Central Hospital.

The municipal government is trying to deal with this untreated waste which is dumped into the public sewers by forcing the hospitals to upgrade their waste water treatment systems.

Data just released by the municipal Department of Environment and Natural Resources revealed that 322 health care centres in local districts and communes directly discharged untreated waste into the public sewage system.

There are many hospitals in the city, but few of them have invested in waste water treatment facilities. Some have even have hastily-built ones, just in case of inspection. Many others directly dump their discharge into public sewers, posing a great health risk to surrounding communities.

On August 23, the director of the City\'s Department of Health requested that all hospitals and health facilities upgrade their sewer systems to meet standards by the end of the year. This would firstly apply to 238 out of 322 health care centres.

The Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee agreed to invest VND100 billion to build a waste water treatment system, which would be able to treat 2 cubic metres waste water a day for healthcare centres in local districts and communes.

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