The majority of activities associated with healthcare result in the production of waste that may lead to disability and death. Although a large fraction of healthcare waste is very similar to domestic solid waste, there are some healthcare wastes which must be handled and managed properly to reduce or eliminate the risk to health.
Medical waste is one of the most problematic componenets of solid waste mangement. Medical waste mangement in Phnom Penh City is very poor and as a consequence potentially harmful to public health and environment. It is actually difficult to give precise numbers of people affected by improper management of medical waste.