"The President ordered that we must intensify medical waste management and do it more systematically by paying attention to the smallest details. So, we will pay attention on how the system works, from houses to service centers, or parallel to (waste) management area," said Minister of the Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya said in her press statement after attending the meeting a limited meeting on covid-19 hazardous medical waste held through a video conference on Wednesday, as quoted by the Cabinet Secretariat's website.
According to the Minister, the data from her ministry shows that covid-19 medical waste amounted to 18,460 tons as of Tuesday.
The sources of medical waste include healthcare facilities, emergency hospitals, isolation centers, residential areas (for self-isolation), covid-19 test centers, and covid-19 vaccination centers, she said.
Medical waste includes used IV tubes, facemasks, vaccine vials—the small vaccine bottles, syringes, face shields, bandages, hazmat (suits), PPE, medical suits, gloves, PCR / antigen kits, and alcohol swabs, she added.
Siti also said that the data on the number of covid-19 hazardous medical waste was collected based on reports from provincial governments, but the received data may be incomplete, so her ministry will continue to complete it.
The Minister further said that to increase the availability of medical waste management and treatment facilities across the country, the President has ordered for good facility and financial supports from Covid-19 Task Force, transfer to the regions, and other sources of funds.