Bintulu MP slams company for undisposed medical waste

Medical waste at one of the health facilities in Bintulu.

KUCHING: The medical waste piling up at health centres in Bintulu is unacceptable, says MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

He said the company awarded the government contract had failed in carrying out its responsibilities to manage and process the medical waste.

“The company has not only seriously neglected its duties but also put public health at risk. The sight of the waste has attracted a lot of complaints and the public want an explanation from the company.

“I have instructed the company to immediately discuss a solution with the Health Department to quickly dispose of the waste and clarify each party’s scope of responsibilities.

“This is important in the larger sanitation issues related to quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC) facilities,” he said on Tuesday (April 20).

Tiong said the company must strictly comply with the treatment requirements for medical and clinical waste, including following stringent protocols with public health and safety being the top priority.

“It is very disappointing to know that despite many meetings, these gaps in the treatment and quarantine of infected patients are still being uncovered.

“It is extremely unacceptable at this point of the campaign against the coronavirus that medical waste is still not taken seriously and left to pile up and forgotten.”

Tiong said the company’s representatives had repeatedly given many excuses for not fulfilling its responsibilities, even heaping blame on the Ministry of Health.

“If they continue to shirk their duties, I recommend that the authorities take steps to terminate their contract and find another competent partner.

“They must take this issue seriously by resolving it as soon as possible. Otherwise, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee must demand that the company’s contract be terminated.”