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Masaka Hospital Struggles With Disposal of Medical Waste

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.

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Masaka Regional Referral Hospital is struggling with the disposal of medical waste following the breakdown of its incinerator. 

Although the 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.

  According 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 said.  

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 homes. 

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