Thursday, December 3, 2020

 

Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo addressed the press during the function, on the right is United Nations Country Representative Walid Badawi (extreme left), Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui (second left) and other officials following the proceedings.

Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo addressed the press during the function, on the right is United Nations Country Representative Walid Badawi (extreme left), Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui (second left) and other officials following the proceedings.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry today donated Personal Protective equipments (PPE) to the County Government of Nakuru as part of the ongoing support to strengthen national waste management efforts, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

The equipments include; key functional items for the full waste management process from triage to disposal, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE).

Speaking while handing over the equipments at Nakuru Level 5 hospital, Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo said the equipments come at an opportune moment to when the country is experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic, and they will help in proper waste management in the health facilities and help to demonstrate sound healthcare disposal technologies through the adoption of Best Available Technology (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP).

PS Dr. Kiptoo said that the waste management equipments and two incinerators purchased with financing from Global Environment Facility (GEF), at a cost of 80 million will benefit Nakuru Level 5, Molo and Naivasha hospitals.

Dr. Kiptoo said project has supported capacity development and in Nakuru county by training 80 county personnel on sound management of chemical waste. Apart from Nakuru, the equipment’s will be distributed to 13 pilot health centers across four Counties: Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nairobi.

He said that open burning of waste is the largest single source of air pollution, from toxic chemicals which are unintentionally produced, and organic pollutants which are emitted when burning waste, especially medical waste.

The PS was accompanied by Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui and UNDP Country Representative Mr. Walid Badawi .

Environment PS Dr. Kiptoo and the UNDP team paying a courtesy call to Governor Lee Kinyanjui at his Office at Nakuru County Headquarters

Environment PS Dr. Kiptoo and the UNDP team paying a courtesy call to Governor Lee Kinyanjui at his Office at Nakuru County Headquarters

Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui said that if the used masks are not well disposed, can be conduit for the re-infection of COVID-19 saying, if medical waste is allowed to dump sites it will endanger the lives of those families living in the areas and those operating in the sites.

“Twenty five percent of the county’s 2.4 million residents have been using disposable face masks and discharging them into normal garbage. This has been ending up at the dumpsite where more than 200 families directly eke out their livelihood,” he said.

The Governor thanked the Ministry of Environment for the donation and added that it will go a long way in management of medical waste.

UNDP Country Representative Walid Badawi said there is need for scaling up efforts to ensure sound waste management, and specifically sound disposal of harmful and hazardous waste from health and municipal facilities, especially in the COVID-19 pandemic period.

“UNDP is helping countries to urgently and effectively respond to COVID-19 as part of our mission to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and build resilience to crisis and shocks. In Kenya, UNDP is leading a UN-wide effort to establish the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 – an initiative which will inform future development programming, particularly during the recovery stages of the crisis”. He said.

 

Part of the Medical Equipments donated by the Ministry of Environment to Nakuru Level 5 Hospital, that will help in disposal and management of medical waste.

Part of the Medical Equipments donated by the Ministry of Environment to Nakuru Level 5 Hospital, that will help in disposal and management of medical waste.

The purchase of the equipments was funded by the UNDP-GEF Sound Chemicals Management Mainstreaming and Unintended Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPOPs) Reduction in Kenya project with UNDP -Kenya as the implementing partner, with the aim of promoting sustainable waste management practices, particularly those related to healthcare.

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