By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has said that it is now mandatory for all healthcare facilities in the state to adopt environmentally-friendly waste management approach.
This approach will ensure volume reduction, adequate waste segregation and disposal in accordance to the new Waste Management Law 2020.
Special Adviser to the Governor-Waste Management, Mr Ola Oresanya revealed this while addressing a virtual Healthcare Waste Management meeting in Abeokuta.
According to him, the new approach will end poor handling of healthcare wastes which harbour diseases thus posing great risks to health workers, patients and the general public.
To make the new approach succeed, the Special Adviser said the Ogun State Waste Management Authority OGWAMA through the instrumentality of the Waste Management Law 2020 will soon commence the immediate training of health workers on the new normal while accredited healthcare waste collectors will henceforth evacuate waste from healthcare facilitie
This he said would prevent wastes from these facilities going to general dumpsites as they are to be collected and treated specially according to national and international standard.
To ease the evacuation,Mr Oresanya urged the healthcare facilities operators to henceforth segregate their wastes into coloured bins of Red for hazardous,Yellow for infectious,Brown for chemical, Black for general waste for easy identification of their potency and subsequent disposal.
Contributing,the Commissioner of Health,Dr Tomi Coker said the health sector will fully collaborate with the new healthcare waste approach for the safety of health workers,patients and the public.
In his contribution, the State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA),Dr Oladayo Ogunlaja, pledged his members support for the new initiative while his Private Medical Practitioners, Dr Kamil Kusimo said with adequate training, the new healthcare waste management approach will be a huge success.