THEY may not be catering to exclusively “A-Listers” — politicians, celebrities, and other “high net-worth” individuals, but they are nevertheless still “world class” by hygienic and environmental standards.
True, most of them have no have executive-grade, business-class or “Club Med”-type amenities or facilities like their counterparts in Metro Manila, but their adherence to international sanitation and ecological protocols or standards still makes them global players in the health services industry.
Many of them are not even in Metro Manila, and some are even perennially under-funded government medical facilities, but they have shown that they can be at par with the world’s best in the global “clean-and-green” campaign.
In August of this year, Health Care Without Harm-Asia together with the United Nations Development Programme Global Environment Facility Project on Global Healthcare Waste launched the report From the Backyard to the Frontline: Initiatives of Philippine Hospital Workers on Best Environmental Practices, which cited best practices in seven selected hospitals in the country.
The hospitals included in the report are the following:
– Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City for their materials recovery and recycling, and other waste management system
– General Santos Doctors Hospital for their safe practices to prevent radiation exposure
– St. Paul Hospital in Tuguegarao City for the use of safer alternatives for hospital cleaning
– Perpetual Succor Hospital in Cebu City for green practices, such as using a biodigester to convert waste into methane gas for kitchen and laundry use; installing solar panels for water heating; and painting walls green for cooling effect
– Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Parañaque City and Philippine Heart Center for their wastewater treatment
– San Lazaro Hospital for their mercury-free dental services
The collective feat of these local medical institutions in the field of health, hygiene, and environmental excellence has not been lost on a known health and environmental advocate on the Senate.
Sen. Loren Legarda has lauded the country’s best environmental practices among hospitals as recognized by HCWC-ASIA even as she expressed support to the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Initiative promoted by US White House Champion of Change for Climate and Health Gary Cohen.
Legarda, chairman of the Senate committee on climate change, noted that the local hospitals are undertaking safe and green practices that should be emulated by other medical facilities.
The lady lawmaker discussed this in a meeting with Cohen, co-founder and president of HCWH, as they looked into possible areas of cooperation in promoting green and sustainable environmental practices among the country’s hospitals through the GGHH network.[pq]The World Health Organization has discovered various health risks caused by unsafe disposal of health care waste.[/pq]
“For instance, the improper and unsafe disposal of contaminated needles and syringes may lead to dangerous consequences because it can be reused or sold to be used again since these materials may be scavenged from waste areas and dumpsites,” Legarda noted.
Legarda has also expressed her support to HCWH’s campaign on reducing hospital’s carbon footprint.
“According to Mr. Cohen, hospitals use twice as much energy per square foot as a traditional office space. Health Care Without Harm can help us on how our health care facilities can actually contribute to reducing our carbon footprint, which is crucial in our fight to prevent further rise of the Earth’s temperature,” she said.