Kayama Kogyo, a Japanese firm, on Feb 21 handed over a medical waste incinerator to Vientiane City Office for Management and Service.
The handover took place between Yoshiharu Yoneyama, Head of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the Lao PDR and Vice Mayor of Vientiane Capital Phoukhong Bannavong in the presence of relevant officials.
Medical wastes or contagious wastes from hospitals, if disposed improperly, will cause inevitable impacts on environment and nearby communities, said Director of Vientiane City Office for Management and Service Bounchan Keosithamma.
Every day, around 300-350 kg of medical waste are disposed at a landfill in Xaythany district, Vientiane Capital. The volume of this kind of waste is increasing every year due to the rising number of hospitals, health centres, and population in the capital city, according to Mr. Bounchan.
This incinerator is highly efficient as it can dispose of medical waste up to more than 100 kg per hour, said Mr. Bounchan.
Over the past years, Vientiane Capital has set an ambitious plan to make waste management in the city meet waste disposal standards to ensure the health safety of the public as well as the cleanliness of the capital city which is one of its six slogans. The other include peaceful, bright, green, civilized and charming.
Source: Lao News Agency