reprocessing of syringe needle and medical gloves?

The reporter of lookout Newsweek tracked for half a year and found that “medical waste” has potential safety hazards –

dirty infusion bags and urine bags, mixed with medical gloves, cotton swabs and even syringes and needles, were processed into recycled plastic raw materials and flowed from Hunan to Hebei and other places, Hunan Provincial High Court reported a typical case: in the first instance, the court found that there were more than 140 tons of medical waste and medical waste in a hidden farmyard in gupei Town, Miluo City, Hunan Province. After being crushed by criminal Qiu and others, they were sold to their “offline” workers in Langfang, Hebei Province. 1n this case, a total of 12 people from Hunan, Hubei, Hebei, Jiangsu and other places were sentenced for “environmental pollution crime”

is disturbing to the police. When these suspect were arrested, many medical wastes or wastes that were identified as “hazardous wastes” and “toxic substances” by environmental protection agencies were bought off the line and processed into unrecognizable plastic particles, blue and acrylic, and some of them might have become plastic products to the market. The reporter of lookout news weekly tracked for half a year and found that this criminal chain exposed that there are still loopholes and potential safety hazards in the classification, recycling and disposal of medical waste in China

the scene of cleaning medical waste is shocking

in the backyard of Qiu’s family, a villager in Yangliu village, gupei Town, Miluo City, Hunan Province, several “staff” wearing gloves are sorting and crushing piles of medical waste. When the “black workshop” was found by the police and environmental law enforcement officers, the hospital was filled with pungent medical waste, and the liquid exuded from infusion bags from some hospitals flowed freely on the ground. Some infusion bags had needles and syringes that could be pulled out in the future, and there were still dried blood stains on the syringes…

“these people didn’t even wear masks.” Xu Jianli, director of the emergency center of Miluo Environmental Protection Bureau, described the scene as “shocking”” The black workshop’s waste water for cleaning medical waste is directly discharged through the rain ditch, polluting the environment, and the pungent smell lasts for a long time, causing dissatisfaction among the masses. “

in early April 2016, Miluo Environmental Protection Bureau received a report that Qiu and several people in the village illegally processed medical waste. They immediately sent law enforcement officers to the scene and seized more than 50 tons of medical waste and medical waste at one stroke

someone in “black workshop” confessed to the law enforcement officers that they purchased medical waste sporadically from the waste market, processed it through preliminary manual sorting, cleaning, crushing and other processes, and then sold it to the production line for profit. These things are mainly used as raw materials for manufacturing plastic products< According to Ren Shangfu, a policeman of the public security brigade of Miluo Public Security Bureau, the criminal gang involved in the case has a clear division of labor and cooperation, and the criminal chain spans Hunan, Hubei, Hebei and other places the police investigation found that the criminal Qiu and “partner” Huo, without any relevant qualifications, opened a workshop in Qiu’s backyard in Yangliu village, gupei Town, and employed Fu and others for processing. The workshop processes medical wastes and wastes without disinfection some investigators said that in order to earn more money, such workshops even used infectious medical waste such as disposable syringes to be broken and sold as waste plastics. Some workshop workers explained that the raw materials they processed even included urine bags for dialysis, some of which contained yellow urine of patients. The purchase price of their processed “products” is about 2000 yuan per ton. After sorting, cleaning and crushing, they can sell nearly 5000 yuan per ton in the plastic market of Langfang, Hebei Province. Because the profit space is considerable, the participants are willing to take risks the law enforcement officials interviewed said that in the downstream of Miluo, a “black workshop”, Gao from Langfang, Hebei and others were “big customers”. The trade between these people can be as little as a few tons, as many as ten tons, or as many as dozens of tons. Hazardous plastic medical waste and garbage from Hubei, Hunan into Hebei, is processed into a granular “blue c material” – Blue PP recycled material. At this point, it is difficult for law enforcement officers to find out the final whereabouts of these substances. They may become the raw materials of plastic pipes, or “high permeability materials” widely used in the fields of culture, entertainment, food, medical treatment, materials, room decoration, etc., which makes law enforcement deeply worried the reporter of lookout Newsweek learned that in such cases, most of the medical waste seized by law enforcement departments are infusion bags, infusion bottles and other medical waste, and a small part is medical waste that must be burned and destroyed< According to Wang Yun, director of the Political Work Office of Miluo Public Security Bureau, the case of illegal disposal of medical waste and garbage involves a wide range of aspects. The Miluo Public Security Bureau set up a special case team led by the security brigade, which investigated and interrogated the enemy through the preliminary investigation. The police of the ad hoc group had grasped the harboring points of the suspect. After six months, br/>
went to Chenzhou, Hubei, Yichang, Guangdong Foshan, Hebei Langfang, Jiangsu Suqian and other places in Hunan, and arrested more than 10 suspect. But there are still many people at large. Br / >
according to the stolen goods seized at several sites, many infusion bags, blood bags, medicine bottles, etc. came from hospitals in Xiangtan, Zhuzhou, Hengyang, Chenzhou of Hunan Province, Yuan’an county and Xiangyang City of Hubei Province, and most of them were public medical institutions, many of them were grade 111 A hospitals

the reporter of lookout Newsweek tracked and learned that many public hospital property companies and cleaning companies were involved in the case< Mr. br/>
introduced him. Since October 2015, suspect Dai has bought a transfusion bag mixed with disposable infusion sets, syringes and needles from the property management staff of a large hospital in Huaihua. He asked people to return to their home purchase points after sorting them in hospitals, and then sold them to the next household, which accumulated tens of tons. A similar situation also involves a large hospital in Yichang City, Hubei Province, with a cumulative trading volume of several tons

the reporter of lookout Newsweek visited several public hospitals and found that according to the requirements, all departments of the hospital will first classify the medical waste according to the relevant regulations, and then send it to a special storage room for storage. The medical waste and recyclable waste will be stored in different categories, and then handed over to a qualified professional company for clearance. However, the reporter’s investigation found that some hospitals “acquiesce” in the reselling of medical waste by hospital care workers and property management personnel, which has become a “hidden rule”

the illegal outflow is assisted by “insiders”

according to a person familiar with the situation in a class 11 class a hospital in Hunan Province, the medical waste in public hospitals is classified and stored by the property company, and the professional company is contacted for disposal. However, whether the property company will hand over all the medical waste to the professional company for disposal depends on the “conscience of the boss”. Some property company management care workers, cleaners, often become the “key person” of medical waste recyclers

“in some county-level hospitals, if the monthly salary of nurses and cleaners is not enough, they tacitly allow them to sell infusion bags, medicine bottles and other medical waste as waste. At the same time, the hospital should be responsible for its own profits and losses. 1nstead of paying a professional cleaning and handling company to destroy the medical waste, it is better to let the nurse handle it and sell it as a subsidy. ” A person in charge of a county hospital said

“we also found that the infusion bags from the blood center flowed out.” Ren Shangfu said that there are still many infusion bags in Qiu’s medical waste and waste, which are marked by a blood station in Hunan. Because the people involved are at large, the operation mode of this acquisition chain is not clear

the police who handled the case told lookout Newsweek that in addition to medical waste from medical institutions, some of the medical waste was from an environmental protection company

a case handling officer introduced that in February 2016, the suspect Lei Mouping bought a mixture of disposable infusion sets, disposable syringes, cotton swabs, medical gloves and used infusion bags 4.88 tons from Liu (fugitive), and then sold them to Wu after selling them. Br/>
, a police officer handling the case, revealed that Liu and other suspect’s medical waste and medical waste came from an environmental protection company, while Liu was the head of the company.

according to a police insider, the case involves a wide range and complicated details, especially involving medical institutions, enterprises and social idle people in many provinces, which makes it very difficult to investigate. 1 believe that with the deepening of the investigation, there will be many problems gradually surfaced< According to the suggestion of Xinhua news agency, Wang Qi, director of 1nstitute of solid waste pollution control technology, Chinese Academy of Environmental Sciences, suggested that the punishment measures should be increased, the illegal cost should be increased, the leadership management responsibility system of medical institutions should be strengthened, and the medical institutions should be forced to take the initiative to prevent leakage Liu Shuai, director of the supervision department of the environmental protection and Resources Commission of Hunan Provincial People’s Congress, said: “when medical waste is still in the hospital, it is supervised by the health and family planning department. When it is out of the door of the hospital, it is supervised by the environmental protection department. This requires environmental protection and medical and health departments to strengthen joint supervision, establish a joint system, and plug loopholes in links. “

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