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Marking the completion of asbestos stabilization and the commissioning of the incinerator at Prince Ngu Hospital in Vava’u

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10th July, 2017 The Government of Tonga through the Ministry of Health during the official commissioning of the solar farm by his Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a at Prince Ngu Hospital in Neiafu, Vava’u on the 3rd July, 2017 also marked the completion of the stabilization of asbestos at the hospital and the commissioning of the high temperature incinerator for the disposal of healthcare waste.

The Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Siosaia Piukala during his opening remarks, acknowledged the assistance from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through the PacWaste (Pacific Hazardous Waste) Project and the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) in the removal and replacement of Prince Ngu Hospital asbestos containing roof and the provision of the high temperature incinerator for the disposal of healthcare waste.

The Ministry of Health will further gained 3 more high temperature incinerators from the same project to be commissioned at Vaiola Hospital, Niu’eiki Hospital and Niu’ui Hospital.

The PacWaste Project is a four-year project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by SPREP through MEIDECC to improve regional hazardous waste management across the Pacific. The major component of the €7.85 million project is to take action to improve regional asbestos, healthcare waste and e-waste management across 13 Pacific island countries and territories.

The occasion was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for MEIDECC, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni and Mr. Paula Ma’u, Chief Executive Officer of MEIDECC on behalf of the project.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.

 
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