The expired medications
The expired medications present in many cases a combination of biological substances or chemical compounds with an unpredictable effect on a human body. Such medications are not only absolutely useless, at the same time they are extremely dangerous both for use and storage in a house or in a medical institution’s territory.
A simple throwing of expired medications away into a refuse chute or an unassisted disposal of the expired medications via their throw-out to a common junkyard is forbidden categorically.
In this connection UNDP in the framework of “National implementation plan update, integration of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) into national planning and promoting sound healthcare waste management in Kazakhstan” Project in partnership with governmental and public organizations as well as business structures has organized the collection of inapplicable and expired medications’ points having established special containers in “the Tsvetnaya” («Цветная») network of drugstores of Astana City.
In order to minimize an influence on people and environment of mercury from the broken mercury thermometers 15 000 mercury thermometers have been replaced by electronic ones in the framework of the project at all state-run medical institutions of cities of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Semey, Kostanay as well as Astana and also at medical centers of high schools, colleges and kindergardens of the Astana City.
Apress conference heldon December 24, 2015 at the No. 4 Policlinic of the Astana City has been dedicated to these issues. At this press conference there were discussed issues on the launch of a public campaign on collection of medications past their expiration dates from the population and also a replacement of medical mercury thermometers by more safe electronic ones for health workers of educational organizations of the Astana City with a view of a medical waste management system improvement in the Astana City.
International Symposium on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) organized by the International Organization “Dioxin2015”, in Sao Paolo, Brasil.
In the framework of the Project “NIP update, integration of POPs into national planning and promoting sound healthcare waste management in Kazakhstan” UNDP expert and representatives of governmental bodies, responsible for State monitoring of hazardous substances in environment and analysis of dioxins in the period 23-28 August 2015 took part in the International Symposium on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) organized by the International Organization “Dioxin2015”, in Sao Paolo, Brasil. In the framework of this event cutting-edge scientific research on POPS, including identification methods, risk assessment, inventory, BAT&BEP, passive Sampling for POPs Monitoring, impact on environment and human health have been presented. The leading specialists in the field of POPs from USA, Japan, Czech Republic, Canada, France, Netherlands were the key speakers in this event.