TACLOBAN CITY – Wastes coming from the hospitals needs to be disposed properly to avoid possible spread of disease.
With this goal, the ACTED (Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development) has been going around in all hospitals in Tacloban to gather and collect all of their wastes.
The group collects about 100 cubic meters of solid waste a day. The ACTED started their hospital wastes gathering on November 19, 2013.
Collecting these wastes from the hospitals would deter possible occurrence of diseases, said its project manager Engr. Francis Lloyd Cinco.
He said that if these hospital wastes like gloves, syringes and medicine bottles, would not be disregarded, there is a high possibility that diseases would be developed.
“These hospital wastes must not be disregarded by the government. These must be collected and thrown in a proper area where there are no houses that will be distracted by the bad odor of those waste,” Cinco said.
All wastes collected by their group are being dumped at the northern village of Santo Nino where Tacloban’s open dump site is located.
The dump is far from any houses, schools, office and other structure, Cinco said.
“It is the duty and responsibility of the hospital to segregate their waste. Our (only) duty is to collect and throw their waste in dump site,” he added.
The ACTED collects the wastes coming from all hospitals in Tacloban. Hospitals from the towns of Palo, Tanauan and Burauen, all in Leyte, are also being cover by their wastes collection.
Cinco said that all their 80 volunteers are being paid by the ACTED at P260 a day of work. All of them wear safety gears such as safety mask, safety goggles, hand gloves and boots.