The stark picture presented by a quick internet search of medical waste disposal will be enough to make anyone thankful for the heaps of regulation put on the health care industry to properly and safely dispose of their contaminated medical waste. For example due to longstanding haphazard handling of medical waste the World Bank has joined forces with the Vietnamese government to launch a five year plan to treat medical waste.
In Vietnam up to now there has been hardly any focus put on the idea of properly managing medical waste. It is estimated that of 350 tons of solid waste discharged daily in Vietnam an estimate of forty tons is hazardous. Some contend the number to be much larger. A large percentage of hospitals in the country make no attempt at incinerating their solid waste and so the government and international bodies have stepped in to better serve these people.
That the plan will take five years to phase in makes it clear that for the time being there is still a lot of danger of exposure to improper medical waste disposal. Were there to be this sort of carefree attitude in our own backyards this would result in sick loved ones and dangerous conditions for everyone.
Sometimes perspective and knowing what we have can really help you appreciate it.