Medical Technologies Must Go Green

The field of science abounds with countless discoveries, innovations, experimentation, research and studies. Constant exploration and experimentation is needed because the present times, situations and lifestyle definitely call for that. One such specific area of science that demands for continual study and experimentation would be the field of medical research. As we know, there are so many relatively new illnesses being discovered in our world today, some tending to affect on a global scale, hence eliciting frequent warnings not only from the local governments concerned, but from the World Health Organization as well.

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We have come to the age of too much information due to the ease and convenience by which we get them from the internet. However, it has also rendered us gullible and open to so much information that is not reliable and trustworthy. In the field of medical science, this has become both a problem and a blessing: a problem because a single post has the power to create mass hysteria and panic pertaining to wrong information on a disease, for example; and yet a blessing because through constant reminder and the social media hype at least the public will be more vigilant and wary of an impending medical crisis.

It is expected that medical companies do venture into a lot of research to address issues concerning both new (confirmed) and suspected diseases, as well as mutations or changes in old ones, in order to find new cure and medication for all of those. As medical research companies probe further into the nature of illnesses and the probable cure, they will be undertaking research and experimentation in their respective laboratories. This is an area of serious concern because it is possible that such studies and experiments in laboratories may result in the production of clinical wastes or even biohazardous waste that they should be very careful of disposing so as not to contaminate land areas and bodies of water near the research facilities.

Local governments that have in their respective territories medical and research facilities should be extra vigilant in guarding against probable violations of environmental standards. Said governments should observe the strict implementation of environmental standards even prior to the establishment of medical research facilities within their jurisdiction to ensure that their operations will not pose any environmental risk to the local site, and to the rest of the world. Considering that the trend is toward nature conservation and the continued protection of the environment, governments and local authorities should always make it a point to strictly enforce environment standards laws and constantly check compliance therewith. Further, authorities should be wary of those giving the impression only with respect to compliance but are not, in actuality, genuine in their intention to operate only in ways that are safe for the environment, including those processes of experimentation, material collection, operation and maintenance of medical equipment, disposal of wastes, laboratory design and even building permits. Medical and research companies indeed have potential risk in terms of environmental protection given such processes, and should be reminded to devote more time and effort into ensuring, and assuring, the public that no such violation will be committed.

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