-Dangerous medical waste discarded at a Nakuru dumpsite. Such waste poses grave danger to residents and has been known to directly cause new infections of HIV, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and many other diseases and septic wounds.

In Summary

  • The waste comprises up to 25 per cent hazardous material — which can be infectious and can cause injuries.

  • Categories of waste produced by health facilities include infectious, pathological, sharps, pharmaceutical, radioactive, pressured containers, chemical waste and heavy metals.

  • In Marsabit County, there is no incinerator. All sub county hospitals rely on burning chambers.

-Careless disposal of medical waste is a posing a grave risk to Kenyans across the country.

-The waste, mostly from private hospitals and clinics which do not have incinerators, is being dumped in the open in total disregard of national guidelines.

-Even public health facilities at the lower level are affected, as only big hospitals have proper disposal facilities.

-The waste comprises up to 25 per cent hazardous material — which can be infectious and can cause injuries.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), contaminated syringes were responsible for up to 33,800 new HIV infections, 1.7 million hepatitis B infections and 315,000 hepatitis C infections worldwide in 2010.

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