NEMA Drafts Medical Waste Tracking System

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In short
The system would authorize medical waste transporters to be provided with carbonated papers in triplicates with unique serials numbers to track medical waste from the point of origin to where it is dumped.

A new medical waste tracking system is in the offing, according to Grace Birikadde, the NEMA environment audit and monitoring unit officer.
 
Birikadde said on Friday that the new strategy emphasizes proper disposal of medical waste. The system would   authorize medical waste transporters to be provided with carbonated papers in triplicates with unique serials numbers to track medical waste from the point of origin to where it is dumped.

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The strategy stems from the numerous complaints about the poor disposal of medical waste especially in in the overstressed and sub standard Kitezi landfill in Kampala.
 
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Phoebe Gubya, the Kampala Capital City Authority environmental officer said that some people are being exposed to dangerous medical waste materials which they collect and keep in their houses as scrap.
 
Health experts warn that improper management of discarded medical waste such as needles, bandages, surgical instruments and glassware, can expose waste workers to injuries, and infections such as HIV and hepatitis.
 
NEMA is expected to work with hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities to implement the waste management regulations.

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