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President Jokowi asked his staffers to intensify the management of hazardous and toxic medical waste from the Covid-19 handling.
KLHK records 18,460 tons of hazardous and toxic medical waste from the Covid-19 handling in healthcare facilities.
The medical mask disposal has to be done carefully to prevent the virus from spreading.
A surge of medical waste has been recorded after the Covid-19 pandemic arrived in Indonesia in March of last year.
Many local governments, including West Java, encountered serious difficulties in managing medical waste in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jakarta Environment Agency spokesperson Yogi Ikhwan said the pollution in Jakarta Bay, which was caused by medical waste, was an old issue.
Covid-19 task force revealed that medical waste has likely infested Jakarta Bay after a research was conducted by three institutions.
Jakarta Environment Department recorded a high number of medical wastes in the capital city during the Covid-19 pandemic, totaling 12,785 tons.
Customs and Excise officials have foiled an attempted smuggling of medical waste and arrested seven suspects allegedly from Malaysia.
Jakarta Environment Agency has reportedly managed 1,213 kilograms of disposable face mask waste from households from April to December 2020.
Bappenas Head Suharso Monoarfa says that the Covid-19 pandemic poses a new challenge with the rising amount of non-medical and medical wastes.
Most of the medical waste is the used rapid test kits.
Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said the volume of infectious medical waste throughout Indonesia as of June 8, 2020, reached over 1,100 tons.
Another potential problem in the form of medical waste is seen as a future hazard amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Hazardous waste in the city keeps climbing as the waste of disposable face masks and gloves also increases during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Health announced that there are 70 tons of medical waste improperly managed daily.