Plan in ef­fect to man­age toxic hos­pi­tal waste

Scheme to mon­i­tor, de­stroy refuse only tem­po­rary so­lu­tion, au­thor­i­ties say

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An emer­gency plan for the man­age­ment of haz­ardous hos­pi­tal waste was put into ef­fect over Christ­mas, Kathimerini un­der­stands, in a re­sponse by the au­thor­i­ties to the dis­cov­ery of more than 20 tons of toxic refuse at the Fylis land­fill, north­west of Athens, ear­lier this month.

The plan, which is to run through to the end of Jan­uary, in- volves the mon­i­tor­ing and sort­ing of haz­ardous med­i­cal waste on the premises of the land­fill and its sub­se­quent in­cin­er­a­tion at a nearby burn­ing fa­cil­ity. It is be­ing over­seen by re­gional and mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties who have asked hos­pi­tal man­agers to pro­vide de­tails about the waste they send to the dump and to dis­patch two hos­pi­tal em­ploy­ees with each con- sign­ment of waste to the land­fill to mon­i­tor safety.

The ini­tia­tive was launched af­ter a meet­ing ear­lier this month be­tween Health Min­is­ter Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis, Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis and Athens Re­gional Gov­er­nor Yian­nis Sgouros. Au­thor­i­ties have em­pha­sized, how­ever, that the scheme is a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion and have asked hos­pi­tal man­agers to make use of the time to adopt min­i­mum safety stan­dards in the dump­ing of toxic refuse. “In a cli­mate of co­op­er­a­tion and sol­i­dar­ity, we are help­ing the hos­pi­tals to emerge from a se­ri­ous im­passe,” Sgouros said, adding how­ever that the au­thor­i­ties were not “sub­sti­tut­ing or re­mov­ing the ex­clu­sive re­spon­si­bil­ity of hos­pi­tals to man­age dan­ger­ous med­i­cal waste.”

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