Hospitals take the green route in medical care

KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital staff at the launch of the ‘zero single-use plastic’ initiative.

ALL KPJ Healthcare Bhd hospitals in the northern region will implement the ‘zero single-use plastic‘ initiative.

Its president and managing director Datuk Amiruddin Abdul Satar said they will distribute medicine in paper bags at the pharmacy, reduce usage of single-use plastic materials in dietary services and replace bottled mineral water with water dispensers and paper cups.

“All hospitals need to be creative and innovative in safeguarding environmental health and safety, ” he said during the launch of the initiative at KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital.

“We will continuously explore different ways to reduce single-use plastic within our hospital operations, along with the conversion of plastic-based products into recyclable paper-based ones, ” said Amiruddin.

“This initiative is a follow-up to our ‘zero single-use campaign’ launch earlier in January.

“This message has been shared at all our hospitals, ” he added.

Amiruddin said KPJ was no stranger to environmental causes, having been in the FTSE4Good Index since June 2016.

“The index is designed to track the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices, ” he said, adding that KPJ has also conducted tree-planting programmes.

“Our high-impact initiatives are aimed at responsibly managing the group’s environmental impact for a greener planet.

“They also include social projects to uplift the lives of the less fortunate and marginalised communities, ” said Amiruddin.

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