Edward Kabuye, the Principal Administrator Masaka Regional Referral Hospital told URN on Monday morning that the only incinerator in the hospital broke down two years ago, which has forced them to resort to burning the medical waste that he says is costly.
Referral Hospital is struggling with the disposal of medical waste following
the breakdown of its incinerator.
municipality currently collects and disposes of waste generated from the
hospital kitchen, the medical waste such syringes,
scalpels and waste from theatres is disposed of by opening burning.
Edward Kabuye, the Principal Administrator Masaka
Regional Referral Hospital told URN on Monday morning that the only incinerator
in the hospital broke down two years ago, which has forced them to resort to
burning the medical waste that he says is costly.
to Kabuye, they spend at least Shillings 100,000 on fuel each week to burn a
ton of medical waste.
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He says they are also faced with a challenge of neighboring
health units that dump medical waste at the site where they burn their waste,
which increases their expenditure.
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Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Director Masaka Regional Referral
Hospital, says budgeted Shillings 400 million this financial year for the construction
of a modern incinerator to address the problem of medical waste.
“We are optimistic that in the next 6 months we shall be able
to get an incinerator because we are currently disturbing our neighbors with
smoke and fighting off dogs that usually roam around the dumping site. We are
doing whatever it takes to get competent firms to put up the incinerator,” he
Andrew Kayiza, a neighbor to the hospital dumping site, says
that smell from the rotting medical waste is inconveniencing, adding that the
situation worsens when the hospital starts burns the waste as smoke ends up in their