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The Latest on Waste Disposal in Vietnamese Clinics

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The Berlin firm ETLog EnviroTech & Logistics GmbH is presently active in the first of three operations in Vietnam. In a total of six weeks, information regarding the current situation regarding waste disposal in selected clinics will be recorded, and training courses carried out. The contracting body is the internationally active firm EPOS Health Consultants. The project is financed by the Banking group KfW. The project will last three years.
At present, after China and India, Vietnam is the third highest Asian recipient of DC (developmental-political co-operation) money from the Federal Republic of Germany. One of the focuses of the projects is sewage and waste disposal.
In this connection ETLog EnviroTech & Logistics GmbH will investigate conditions in hospitals in the four provinces of Son La, Lao Cai, Hai Phong and Binh Phuoc. The results shall include up-to-date figures regarding waste types, quantities and the methods of interim storage and disposal of waste. At the same time, „waste teams“ will be deployed in single hospi-tals. The teams shall consist of hospital specialists in the areas of administration, nursing, radiology and technology. Together with ETLog EnviroTech & Logistics GmbH they shall develop improvements for the present health care situation.
„In Addition we shall train waste officer as well as instructors for the waste officers. We will not however impart pure theory. We shall also go into the hospitals and discuss the concrete waste disposal and treatment processes in the hospitals“ said Herr Jan-Gerd Kuehling from ETLog EnviroTech & Logistics GmbH, who leads the project on the ground.
In order to increase the effectiveness of their co-operation, in 2000 Vietnam and Germany agreed to concentrate their collaboration in the following three areas. Firstly, the promotion of reforms, including the strengthening of the private sector and vocational education. Secondly, environmental politics, the protection and sustainable use of natural resources, including the water supply, sewage and waste disposal. Thirdly, health, family planning and HIV/AIDS.