UNDP Completes Phase One of EVD Support to Health FacilitiesOct 26, 2015
As part of its EVD response program, a UNDP Technical Team set up to oversee the autoclave installation has completed phase one of the delivery and installation of six autoclaves to medical facilities across the Country.
With the delivery and installation of these pressure chamber and sterilized equipment, hospitals like the Tellewoyan health facility in Lofa County for the first time, now have a machine to help manage medical and non-medical wastes.
In addition to the Tellewoyan Hospital in Lofa County, other health facilities benefiting from the use of the medical equipment include, C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata; Phebe in Bong, Jackson F. Doe in Tapitta, Nimba, JJ Dossen in Maryland as well as ELWA, Redemption and John F. Kennedy hospitals in Monrovia.
This project is part of UNDP’s support to health recovery, helping to ‘build back better’ following the devastating Ebola outbreak, ensuring that clinical wastes are sterilized and disposed of in an eco-friendly manner throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the second phase of the project has commenced with the conduct of waste management training for over 150 medical staff at the designated health facilities, on the operation, maintenance and use of the autoclaves that have been installed at the six medical centers.
The training led by Professor Babacar Ndoye, a UNDP health care waste management specialist and Mr. Victor Kwoh, a local consultant, targets Doctors, Nurses, Administrators, maintenance personnel. So far, theoretical and practical training has begun at CH Rennie in Margibi, Phebe in Bong and Tellewoyan in Lofa.
The package for the installation of autoclaves comes complete with technical assistance for installation, staff training and management of the autoclaves in addition to generators and shredders. UNDP has invested close to $1m in this project so far.
Manufactured in in South Africa, this technology presents an alternative to burning medical wastes in open pits and incinerators which produce dangerous smoke and other hazardous emissions causing a great deal of air pollution and a great risk to health workers and neighborhoods.
The machine is a pressure chamber sterilized equipment that subjects wastes to high pressure saturated steam at 121°C (249°F) for around 15–20 minutes depending on the size of the load and the contents.Contact
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