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Gulu Hospital Operating Without Incinerator

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Dumping Site

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has been operating without a functional incinerator for the past one year, putting lives of patients and staff at risk of infections. An incinerator is a furnace for burning waste.

Last week, an amputated leg was found lying on Eden road-right behind the hospital.

David Tibamanya, the Hospital Principle Administrator on Monday told Mega Fm that a new incinerator is being constructed will be ready in two weeks’ time.

Photo By Sadam Innocent: Gulu Regional Referral Hospital workers collect medical waste including an amputated limb dragged to the road by a dog.

In Uganda, the Healthcare wastes generated is averaged at 92 Kilograms (Kg) per day in hospital while primary health care facilities (Level IV health centers, level III health Centre and level II Health Centre) generate about 42Kg, 25 kg and 20 kg respectively on daily basis, according to BMC Public Health Report 2019.

Healthcare wastes can have devastating effects on human health if not properly handled.

Healthcare wastes encompasses various forms of waste such as sharps, human body parts, blood, chemical wastes, pharmaceutical wastes, and medical devices

Mismanagement of HCWs can result into various hospital-acquired infections, occupational health hazards and food contamination.

In addition, mismanaged wastes such as sharps contaminated with blood facilitates transmission of infections such as hepatitis, HIV/AIDs and other viral infections.

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