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Al Jazeera 2 Jun 2020

Can Bangladesh deal with mountains of COVID-19 medical waste?


Bangladesh was already struggling with poor medical waste management before the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, it is at risk of being hit hard by what is being called a "sudden onslaught" of single-use medical plastic.
Around 250 tonnes of medical waste was generated by hospitals last month, and sanitation workers often lack the protective gear to keep them safe from COVID-19.

Al Jazeera's Tanvir Chowdhury reports from Dhaka.

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