KEPA inspects medical waste evacuation in Kaduna hospitals

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By Ezra Musa

Kaduna – The Kaduna Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA) has commenced inspection of hospitals waste to healthcare management in the state.

Mr Usman Lawal, the KEPA’s Director, Monitoring and Enforcement Compliance made this known to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Lawal said that so far, only four facilities own an incinerator that could burn infectious waste generated by hospitals within the Kaduna city center.

He listed the facilities as the NNPC Centra, National Psychiatric Medical Centre, 44 Army Reference Hospital and St. Gerald’s Hospitals.

Lawal said the poor management of waste potentially exposes healthcare workers, waste handlers, patients and the community to infectious diseases.

“It is essential that all waste materials are segregated at the point of generation, appropriately treated and disposed safely,” Lawal said.

According to him, KEPA has engaged the services of some medical waste disposal companies to ensure evacuation of medical waste hospitals across the state.

“We are going to ensure that the companies engaged are properly monitored to move the refuse to the various incinerators located in the state.’’

He said that the agency would continue to sensitise and inspect more hospital facilities to ensure compliance to standards.