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Gulu Hospital Secures US$5.3M for Construction of Regional Incinerator

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Currently, different health facilities across the Region struggle to transport their wastes for disposal at the national incinerator in Nakasongola District.
The Incinirator at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital-Photo By Simon Wokorach

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Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has secured US$5.3 million (close to Shillings 19billion) from the World Bank for the construction of a modern regional incinerator for Northern Uganda. The Hospital Director, Dr. James Elima told URN in an interview on Tuesday that they secured the funding through the Ministry of Health. 

According to Dr. Elima, the construction of a modern incinerator will address the challenges different health facilities and hospitals across the Region are facing in waste management and disposal. Currently, different health facilities across the Region struggle to transport their wastes for disposal at the national incinerator in Nakasongola District. 

He says that they identified land measuring 5 hectares at Angaya Health Centre III, 11 kilometres from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital along Gulu-Kitgum Road to host the facility. He says the project comprises the construction of staff houses for the health workers at Angaya health facility and a training institute for the management and disposal of medical waste.


James Onegiu Otim, the Acting Senior Administrator Gulu Regional Referral Hospital reveals that they have already notified the health ministry in writing about the availability of land for the project.  

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He describes the development as a big relief for environmental health, which he says is prone to hazards resulting from poor medical waste management and disposal. Christopher Opiyo Ateker, the LC V Chairperson Gulu District has commended the Community for offering the land freely to host the facility.

He says like many other health facilities in the region, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has also been battling the challenges of medical waste disposal. The mini incinerator established between the outpatient department, the Psychiatrist Ward and the eye department, often discharge irritating fumes whenever the waste is being burnt.

There was panic in November last year when a dog stole an amputated leg from the hospital and dropped it in one of the homes neighbouring the Hospital. Desmond Anywar, an Independent Environmentalist from Kitgum District says the exposure of medical waste is harmful to human health, saying it may lead to cancer and heart diseases.