Covid-19 Infectious Waste Contaminates the Environment, DPR Conveys a Message to the Ministry of Health

House Speaker Azis Syamsuddin. (BETWEEN PHOTOS / Reno Esnir / wsj / aa), JAKARTA – Deputy Speaker of the Indonesian Parliament Azis Syamsuddin asked the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) to warn hospitals and health facilities that produce a lot of Covid-19 medical waste so that they have good facilities and management.

He emphasized that it is necessary to regulate and manage medical waste such as using an incinerator so that it does not accumulate and be disposed of carelessly, which can cause new health problems and have a negative impact on the environment.

He explained that the Jakarta Environment Agency (LK) recorded medical waste originating from 182 health service facilities (fasyankes) in the capital reaching 6,678 tons during the Covid-19 pandemic from April 2020-24 January 2021.

Meanwhile, recently, researchers from LIPI, IPB, and the Open University found PPE waste in the form of medical masks, gloves, hazmat, raincoats, face shields polluting the area at the mouth of the Marunda and Cilincing rivers towards Jakarta Bay.

Azis hopes that the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) together with the regional government (pemda) clean up the area in the mouth of the Marunda and Cilincing rivers, so as not to disturb the marine ecosystem in these waters.

“The Ministry of Health is able to ask hospitals and health facilities to increase their medical waste management capacity, given that the Covid-19 cases are still increasing and reaching 1.17 million cases (data as of 9 February 2021),” he said, Thursday (11/2) .

He asked the Ministry of Health through the Directorate General of Waste, Waste and B3 Management to oblige hospitals and health facilities to create a good medical waste management system such as sorting, storage, and final waste management so that it can be adjusted to several regulations.

First, the Covid-19 Health Care Facilities Waste Management Guidelines.

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