-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.
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.