Saturday, August 15, 2020
Some of the equipments acquired through UNDP at a cost of Ksh 12 million. PS Dr. Kiptoo urged Kenyans to safely dispose the masks being used during COVID-19 to avoid re-infections.

Some of the equipments acquired through UNDP at a cost of Ksh 12 million. PS Dr. Kiptoo urged Kenyans to safely dispose the masks being used during COVID-19 to avoid re-infections.

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo has underscored the need for proper handling and disposal of medical waste in order to protect the ecological environment and human health, and prevent spread of infections like COVID-19.

Speaking during the handing over of environment protection equipments and commodities to be distributed to 13 Health Care Facilities in different Counties, PS Dr. Kiptoo said there is need for timely, orderly, efficient and harmless disposal of medical waste.

He called on individuals and medical facilities to take a lead in proper medical waste disposal especially the face masks being used now during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying Kenyans should follow the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) guidelines on proper and safe disposal of masks to avoid re-infections of the COVID-19.

The equipments comprising of color coded bins, bin liners, weighing scale, safety boxes, aprons, overall, heavy duty glove and gumboots, eye protective gear, helmets and surgical masks  will be used be in the disposal processes of medical waste.

The equipment’s which were purchased under the Ministry of Environment, Chemicals Management, Mainstreaming and Unintentionally Produced Organic Pollutant’s Project at a cost Ksh 12 million will be distributed to 13 project medical facilities in Nakuru, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

Speaking during the event, Ministry of Health, Head of Projects, Dr. Kepha Ombacho said that the equipments will ease handling medical waste at the 13 medical facilities in the counties, especially now that hospitals are handling more wastes from disposables.

He said the Ministry of Health will collaborate with the Ministry of Environment through NEMA to deal with those who will not follow the proper mask disposal.

United Nations Development Program Kenya Resident Representative Dr. Walid Badawi sound management of chemical waste is important, and the project facility is timely given the current COVID -19 pandemic.

 

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo , center , right UNDP Kenya country Representative Dr. Walid Badawi, Left Mbagathi County Hospital CEO Dr. Joseph Karani, 2nd left Ministry of Health Head of Special Programs Dr. Kepha Ombacho during the handing over of the equipments.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo , center , right UNDP Kenya country Representative Dr. Walid Badawi, Left Mbagathi County Hospital CEO Dr. Joseph Karani, 2nd left Ministry of Health Head of Special Programs Dr. Kepha Ombacho during the handing over of the equipments.

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