Vietnam hospital dumped 63 tons of untreated waste near waterway: officials

By Giang Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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Officials have found 63 tons of untreated medical waste from dozens of holes near a canal in Tay Ninh Province. Photo: Giang Phuong Officials have found 63 tons of untreated medical waste from dozens of holes near a canal in Tay Ninh Province. Photo: Giang Phuong

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Environment officials in Tay Ninh Province in southern Vietnam have finished collecting the untreated medical waste buried illegally by a hospital, and it totaled 63 metric tons, ten times more than the amount the hospital had reported.
Officials started to unearth the waste Monday after police caught two guards from Le Ngoc Tung Private Hospital trying to bury sacks of placentas, used needles, bandages and blood collection tubes.
The dangerous waste was buried in a vacant site of a residential area, near a canal.
Officials have sent it away for proper disposal.
The hospital earlier said it had buried only around six tons of medical waste.
Nguyen Dinh Xuan, director of Tay Ninh’s environment department, said the hospital will be fined at least VND1 billion (US$45,860) and suspended for a while.
The hospital signs a waste treatment contract with a local company but it only comes to collect the waste every two months.
The hospital has planned to build an incinerator to burn its daily waste but the province's environment department has not approved the design because it does not meet technical standards.

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