Minor changes can reduce hospital waste, say experts

Kathmandu

Jul 30, 2014-

Healthcare system has been contributing to environmental pollution and degradation and minor changes in the facilities could help save the environment, experts said on Wednesday.

Speakers at the “Green Hospital Conference” in the Capital on Wednesday said products and technologies used in healthcare system has been indirectly contributing to the environmental degradation, which needs to be changed.

Janet Robinson of FHI 360, said healthcare system is a high energy and water consumer, produces significant quantities of hazardous chemicals, detergents, disposal of pharmaceuticals and other hazardous wastes.

Faye V Ferrer, coordinator at Healthcare Without Harm Asia of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, a network of over 5,000 health facility that has opted the green methods, said use of solar power, providing sustainably grown local food for staff and patients and rainwater harvesting could be some of the simple but effective methods for healthcare facilities to reduce their involvement in environmental degradation. The programme was organised by FHI 360 in partnership with non-governmental organisations, including Healthcare Without Harm, Healthcare Foundation Nepal and Global Green and Healthy Hospitals.

Published: 31-07-2014 09:06

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