Masaka Regional Referral Hospital has started the
construction of a modern incinerator, the Director Dr. Nathan Onyachi told URN
He explained that the construction work is being spearheaded by Rakai
Health Sciences program (RHSP and is expected to be completed in December this
year at undisclosed sum of money.
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to Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the hospital management
had budgeted Shillings 400 million for the construction of the incinerator but
will ask the board to reallocate the money to other areas given the donation from
CDC through RHSP.
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He says construction of a modern incinerator will help the
hospital to address the challenge of medical waste management.
Masaka Regional Referral hospital show that the facility generates a ton of medical
waste weekly, which can’t be disposed of by Masaka municipal council due to
lack of capacity.
Edward Kabuye, the Principal Administrator Masaka Regional
Referral Hospital, says the only incinerator at the facility broke down two
years ago, which prompted the hospital to start burning medical waste. He says
that the hospital spends more than Shillings 100,000 on fuel each week to burn
the medical waste.
Hospital neighbors have always complained about the foul
smell from the rotting medical waste and fumes from the burning waste, saying it
George Matovu, who is near the place where the
hospital dumps waste, says the construction of a modern incinerator will help
them to reduce the risk they have been facing.
He says that their children have
been playing with the medical waste, which exposes them to risk of infection.