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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), has organised a one-day training programme for healthcare practitioners and facility managers on waste management.
Mr. Samuel Oteng, Ashanti Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), explained the rationale behind the training as being that the agency recognises healthcare waste as one of the critical waste which must be managed in a well-coordinated and holistic manner.
He said it is in the view of this that general guidelines were developed to facilitate the smooth management of these wastes, for which the agency partnered KATH to train players in the health sector in the region, and expressed the hope that the participation in the seminar would afford them the opportunity to access to the facility, and also increase knowledge in the management of healthcare waste, especially biomedical waste.
He envisaged that the training programme will enhance the healthcare facilities, Infectious Prevention Control (IPC) practices, and further strengthen preparedness towards the safe management of highly infectious diseases.
He said it involved the adoption of safe waste handling practices in the area of segregation, storage, transportation and disposal.
Mr. Oteng underscored that the ultimate was the pursuit of patients’ safety, and the safety of communities, and how to access the services of the newly-installed incinerator at KATH.
Mr. Anthony Mensah, Director of Pharmacy at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, who deputised for the Chief Executive Officer, commended the EPA for the partnership with KATH in the management of waste.
He expressed the hope that the training programme would go a long way to help improve sanity at the various health facilities in the country.