Disposal of Covid medical waste: You’re Safe—Zoomlion Assure Ghanaians
Report by: Ishmael Barfi
Zoomlion Ghana Limited has assured Ghanaians of proper treatment and disposal of medical waste generated from the COVID-19 vaccination exercise across the country.
According to the Zoomlion Ghana Limited General Manager-Accra Zone, Ernest Morgan Acquah, this is to prevent the spread of Covid and other transmission diseases and as well ensure the safety and wellbeing of health personnel and the ordinary Ghanaians.
The exercise is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Zoomlion Ghana Limited.
To him, his outfit have put in all the needed measures to ensure professional disposal of the medical waste generated from the vaccination exercise at the various centres across the country.
“Ghanaians should be rest assured of proper and effective treatment of these medical waste from the exercise before the final disposal.
Zoomlion on it part provides bins for both general waste and medical waste at these centres as a way of segregating the waste with regards to the ongoing vaccination exercise.
Also, Zoomlion has provided specialised vehicles and trained workers who pick up these medical wastes from the various vaccination centres to ensure proper and effective disposal of these medical waste.
“Believe you me, some other people have other sickness that, when they take the vaccination, this sickness can be transmitted from one person to the other. So we don’t want the virus and bacteria to be transmitted,” Mr Acquah noted.
And these bins, he revealed, do have liners to segregate the waste, thus general and the medical waste.
These medical waste, he explained, go through series of treatment before final disposal.
According to him, it was important as a country to be concerned and interested in how these medical waste are disposed as “we fight the spread of the virus.”
The medical waste, he further noted, are hazardous, therefore the need to have proper disposal system to ensure these waste are well treated before its final disposal to avoid any infection or spread of any sickness or disease.
Outlining the process of how Zoomlion handles these collected medical waste, Mr. Acquah stated that, his outfit has procured a number of autoclaves fixed at various disposal centres.
When these medical waste are collected by the team, it is put into the autoclaves, then it goes through heating at these centres where some of these waste are bent before final disposal.
However, Mr Acquah urged the general public to continue to observe the Covid preventive protocols.
The media team first point of call was the NIMA Government Clinic situated in the heart of a Muslim community where trained health personnel were seen attending to Ghanaians who have come for their second jab as instructed by the Ghana Health Service to complete the cycle of vaccination.
The segregated bins were seen being displayed at vantage points at the centre for proper disposal of the needles, tissues and cotton used on a person.
The second visit was the Rock Hospital situated at Odorkor, a suburb of Accra, where these bins were visible to see and placed at vantage points to avoid any contact with people who come for their second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Health personnel were seen professionally discharging their duties with care and love as they interacted with the patients.
In the Greater Accra Zone, forty three (43) centres are benefiting from the exercise as more measures are put in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of ordinary Ghanaians.