Medical waste builds up due to COVID-19

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the Philippines, San Lazaro Hospital (SLH) in Manila has generated an average of 10,000 kilograms of infectious medical waste each month. SLH is one of the country’s leading government hospitals in fighting respiratory diseases.

    The hospital produced an estimated 29,473 kilograms of infectious health waste from March to June, consisting of used personal protective equipment, dressings, swabs, blood bags, urine bags, sputum cups, syringes, test tubes, and histopathological waste, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

    Liquid waste, such as urine, blood, and other body fluids, is also considered as infectious waste. SLH has admitted many of the COVID-19 patients in the National Capital Region (NCR). It is also one of the COVID-19 testing laboratories in the Philippines.


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