TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Because of the increasing waste materials coming from the COVID-19 isolation and treatment facilities, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) is reiterating the need for proper management of residual and hazardous wastes from said facilities.
CENRO’s Senior Environmental Management Specialist George Andres Padalla said that face mask, gloves, personal protective gowns, and other medical supplies used by frontline workers and medical staff in dealing with exposed people or possibly infected individuals should be disposed properly.
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Padalla explained the collection of said materials from health care facilities, including checkpoint stations, is also a health risk for the garbage collectors.
To prevent possible infection, the garbage, aside from being properly segregated, should also be properly disinfected, adding that the bulk of garbage may also increase with the continues monitoring of said pandemic in the locality.
The management of government-run and private hospitals and clinics, he said, should always align with environmental sanitation protocols to thwart potential health and environmental risks.
The CENRO also appeals to individuals using disposable face mask to be responsible in disposing the items properly after use.
By Darwin Serion
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