Thailand | Hospitals Implement Green Practices
GGHH Asia Program Coordinator, Faye Ferrer, joined GGHH Founding Member, the Thai Ministry of Health’s GREEN and CLEAN Hospitals Program, to visit several hospitals in Thailand. The objective of the trip was to see firsthand the great success of Thai hospitals at reducing their environmental impact and work and to help them document their work best practices for other hospitals and stakeholders to learn from and model in their own facilities.
The group visited three facilities on the trip: Phimai Hospital, Namphong Hospital and Buayai Hospital. Each hospital showcased their work and success in one or two areas, such as wastewater management, organic food production, biogas for food waste and vermi (worm) composting.
Phimai Hospital is a 90-bed hospital from the NakornChaiBuRin Region of Nakhon Rachasima Province. Staff presented their recycling efforts on paper wastes and food wastes that are turned into organic fertilizers. These fertilizers are then distributed to the hospital personnel for their organic gardens.
Namphong Hospital is a 60-bed hospital that implemented a waste recycling strategy. This hospital is an example of how good leadership can turn a health care facility and its employees into becoming stewards for a healthier and greener environment.
Buayai Hospital, a 120-bed facility, demonstrated how hospitals could convert their wastes into a usable resource. By treating over 180 cubic meters per day of waste water, Buayai Hospital creates its own biogas that it uses in its facility. This has resulted in a significant reduction of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) use from 16 tanks to 8.
The Department of Health, Ministry of Health, as a member of GGHH, committed to publicize, through the GREEN and CLEAN Hospitals program, the GGHH Agenda and to encourage their members to join and share their experiences. The system pledged to work on four goals: leadership, energy, waste, and food.