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Poor Management of Medical Waste Irks Communities in Bukomansimbi

Joseph Sseruuma, a resident of Kasota village says a lot of medical waste that includes among others; cotton wool, gloves, syringes and needles, gauze pads, razor blades and other solid medical wastes are accumulating in swamps where they pose serious threats to residents. He says there are people who use the cover of darkness to dump waste in Kyojja swamp.
Some of the injections dumped in Kyoja swamp

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Communities in Bukomansimbi district are concerned about the ongoing poor disposal and management of medical waste in the area. 

Despite having clear guidelines on waste disposal, several clinics and drug shops in Bukomansimbi have been found to fault the processes and instead, dumping the waste in open areas. According to residents, much of the medical waste is being dumped in bushes, swamps and by the roadside. 

Joseph Sseruuma, a resident of Kasota village says a lot of medical waste that includes among others; cotton wool, gloves, syringes and needles, gauze pads, razor blades and other solid medical wastes are accumulating in swamps where they pose serious threats to residents.  He says there are people who use the cover of darkness to dump waste in Kyojja swamp.  

Moses Mulindwa, another resident of Kirinda village alleges that there could be some lower-level government health facilities who dump the waste in the open because they also don’t have incinerators. Mulindwa has appealed to the district health authorities to reign in and enforce proper waste management in the area to save community members and the environment.  

 

//Cue in; (Luganda) “naye kitwewunyisiza…. 

Cue out…..bisobera n’okubafumita.”// 

Bukomansimbi Health Inspector Lemegio Nzanzu said the habits could be enhanced by private and unprofessional practitioners who don’t have proper disposal processes. Nzanzu has also asked the communities to be on the lookout and report any persons they see dumping such materials such that they reprimanded.

Luganda//Cue in; "naye nsubira abantu… 

Cue out...eky’ebyobulamu.’’//  

Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi L.CV Chairperson has pledged to engage all health practitioners in the area to emphasize enforcement of public health regulations.