Environmental Groups Publish Report On Medical Waste Management During COVID-19

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By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

Management of harzadous waate during CoronaVirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has been described as an essential measure to minimize long-term risks to human and environmental health.

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) made the description while disclosing the publication of a new report which reviewed current practices for managing COVID-19 pandemic-related waste.

UNEP said the impact of COVID-19 is transforming the way the global communities live, from one day to the next. 

It pointed out that while national and local interventions are largely focused on protecting lives and economies, management of hazardous waste is also essential to minimize long-term risks to human and environmental health.

According to UNEP, the new publication titled: “Waste Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic: From Response to Recovery”  reviewed current practices for managing waste from healthcare facilities, households and quarantine locations accommodating people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. 

“Jointly produced by UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the report considers various approaches, identifies best practices and technologies, and provides recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners to improve waste management, over the long term.
“Drawing insight from numerous consultations, the report gives particular attention to developing countries and cities­, which may already lack adequate waste management. 

“Cognizant of local conditions, practices that are operationally and technically plausible are identified and recommendations include ways to adapt existing protocols and practices, at both emergency and recovery stages,” the UN agency wrote in a statement on 12th August 2020.

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