Safe medical waste management crucial to climate change - UNDP
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.