Epidemic : Nucleic acid testing causes environmental crisis? Ministry of Ecology and Environment: Basic Nissan Nissin of Medical Waste
2022-06-23: [Article Link]
However, some foreign media sources have reported that a large number of medical waste generation, including cotton tags, present undue risks that could pose a threat to the environment and the health of the population, "is creating a life-threatening situation". On Thursday (23rd), the Minister of the Environment responded that China’s medical waste routine and emergency response capacity fully satisfied the treatment needs of medical waste, including nucleic acid detection; and that pre-medical waste was largely daily. According to foreign agents such as Agence France-Presse, medical personnel punctured millions of people's throats daily with plastic cotton tags, causing large amounts of medical waste to become a new burden on the environment and the economy as a result of the "movement zero" aggregate. Among them, Agence France Presse (AFP) claims that a wide range of routine nucleic acid tests will present new challenges, with 10 new infections occurring in China every day, and that the increase in positive cases will be accompanied by infected test kits, masks and personal protective equipment, which, if mistreated, will pollute soil and watercourses and threaten environmental and public health. The reports also question that the health care disposal system in the vast rural areas of China has been overburdened, and that the surge in medical treatment of waste is highly likely to cause local governments to be incompetent, such as dumping medical waste directly in a temporary landfill. China has launched a large-scale chemically appropriate test of nucleic acid.
As a result, the Ministry of the Environment, in response to a press release, stated that, since the onset of the epidemic, the Ministry, in conjunction with the relevant departments, had developed a number of documents and related technical regulations to strengthen the capacity of health care services for waste disposal. In the meantime, all medical facilities and environmental surveillance services are fully covered, and medical waste is collected, processed, and treated in a timely and effective manner. 100% of medical facilities and environmental surveillance and services are covered, and 100% of medical waste, medical waste water and the effective collection, transfer, and disposal of environmental waste are fully compliant with the "two 100%" requirement. According to data, 1.4 million tons of medical waste were generated in China in 2021, with an annual capacity of 2.15 million tons, an increase of 39% compared to the pre-epidemiological period. There is also an active effort to prepare emergency treatment facilities such as a dangerous waste incineration facility, which will be activated at any time.
For nearly three months, the rate of daily charge for medical disposal of waste has been below 90 per cent in municipalities and cities directly under the control of high-risk districts, 97 per cent of which are below 80 per cent and 66 per cent are below 50 per cent, and medical waste has been well treated and the basic daily product has been cleared. At present, China’s regular and emergency medical treatment capacity can satisfy the need for treatment of the waste, including nucleic acid detection, the Ministry of the Environment will keep an eye on the generation and treatment of the waste, cooperate with the Ministry of Health in developing the classification and retention of nucleic acid detection waste, and step up the environmental monitoring of nucleic acid detection waste.