COVID19: NESREA CREATES AWARENESS ON INFECTIOUS WASTE AND HANDLING OF CHEMICALS FOR DISINFECTING SURFACE'S - Living Environment

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

COVID19: NESREA CREATES AWARENESS ON INFECTIOUS WASTE AND HANDLING OF CHEMICALS FOR DISINFECTING SURFACE'S

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By Ada Achanya

The National Environmental Standards Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) says Improper disposal of wastes from isolation centres can increase the spread  of Corona virus in the country because they are infectious waste.

This was said during a courtsey  visit on Monday by the State Coordinator of Benue State field office Lanre Jimoh  to the state Commissioner of Health/Secretary to Covid 19 committee in Makurdi  Dr. Sunday Ogbado to create awareness and sensitization on these guidelines for handling chemicals used for disinfecting surfaces  of infectious waste on Covid 19.


"Mr Jimoh said, in line with International best practice, Medical Waste generated from the treatment of highly contagious disease can only be managed in accordance with routine procedures since no new regulations have been made to address it but advised among others.

Waste handlers should wear Personal Protective Equipment PPE, generators are responsible for packaging the waste for transport to treatment facilities and each containerized infectious waste must be securely closed.

The NESREA official said these  guidelines for handling chemicals used for disinfecting surfaces and infectious waste will help stop the spread of Covid 19.

The state coordinator stated that the guidelines  include amongst others, handling and spraying of chemicals, preparations of disinfectant solution, collection and storage of chemical wastes should be done in an environmentally sustainable manner.


He also made recommendations to health care facilities generating infectious wastes to ensure environmentally sound management that only Properly Kitted workers should be  allowed to evacuate waste from isolation centers, Tertiary Health Care Facilities are obliged to receive the infectious waste for incineration and also Disposable  Personal Protective Equipment PPE used by health care workers involved with Covid19 patients should be incinerated and much more
 

The state coordinator and the field office workers met with the Covid 19 committee in the state and the following were in attendance.

Dr. Sunday Ogbabo
Commissioner of Health
Dr. Edward Amalia
Head of Fumigation
Mr. Richard Azaage
Dir. Min.of Enviro/ Water Resources
Dorcas Ukpe
SA Governor/ WHO Rep

In his response, the Commissioner of Health assured the agency of compliance to the guidelines and to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for all.



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