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Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2022. 5:42 pm CST.

Photo Credit: GOB Press Office

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Government of Belize (GOB) has endorsed the Medical Waste Regulations that were signed last November in a move to regularize the proper disposal of medical waste.

According to a press release by the Government of Belize Press Office, the Department of the Environment within the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management signed the Medical Waste Regulations that “are aimed at ensuring that medical waste is managed throughout the country through improved storage, transportation, and disposal”.

Меdісаl wаѕtе handling has for long been a human, hеаlth, and еnvіrоnmеntаl сhаllеngе with inѕtаnсеѕ оf wаѕtе bеіng ѕіmрlу dumреd аnd nоt рrореrlу іnсіnеrаtеd.

The Press Office statement said GOB “endorsed the enactment of these regulations recognizing that medical waste management is largely unregulated and unmanaged in Belize and the effects it has on human health and the environment because of improper incineration and open burning of medical waste”.

When the Medical Waste Regulations were being developed the stakeholders in cities and towns were “directly engaged … targeting all health care providers in the human health and animal health sectors”.

The regulations came into effect when they were signed on November 29, 2021.

As a result, the Department of the Environment will advance the pilot project of a medical waste autoclave system installed at the Mile 3 Transfer Station in Belize City.

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