Safe med­i­cal waste man­age­ment cru­cial to cli­mate change - UNDP

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HEALTH Care Waste Man­age­ment will have pos­i­tive im­pact on mit­i­gat­ing cli­mate change, pro­mot­ing good health and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, says UNDP res­i­dent co­or­di­na­tor, Janet Ro­gan. Ms Ro­gan said if med­i­cal waste was not prop­erly and com­pletely in­cin­er­ated, health care work­ers, pa­tients and the gen­eral pub­lic could be ex­posed to dan­ger­ous pathogens and in­fec­tions. She was speak­ing dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of Health Care Waste Man­age­ment Equip­ment at Kabwe Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day. She said man­age­ment of med­i­cal waste if not han­dled well could have sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive im­pact on peo­ple’s health and the en­vi­ron­ment. “Man­age­ment of med­i­cal waste may sound like a very spe­cialised and tech­ni­cal sub­ject but if it is not done well can have sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive im­pact on peo­ple’s health and on the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Ms Ro­gan. Ms Ro­gan said it was there­fore the re­spon­si­bil­ity of govern­ment to en­sure that the coun­try meets in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions on how to han­dle med­i­cal waste. Cen­tral Prov­ince Min­is­ter, Syd­ney Mushanga said the min­istry of health sur­vey of 2013, showed that Zam­bia’s health care fa­cil­i­ties gen­er­ated up to 30 tonnes of gen­eral or non- in­fec­tious and in­fec­tious health care waste per day.

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