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Microwave incinerator at Nakuru PGH ensures safe COVID-19 PPEs disposal

In 2016, the County was on the spot after private facilities dumped hazardous raw medical waste at the Giotto Dumpsite in Nakuru Town West sub-County. About 10 – 25 per cent of the medical wastes – sharps, blood transfusion catheters, cotton swabs, human tissues – are highly infectious.

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The Healthcare Waste Management Microwave and Shredder Machine at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

Globally, the increased uses of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to secondary environmental catastrophes, if not well managed and disposed of.

However, in Nakuru County, a microwave incinerator at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital has come in handy in ensuring a safe disposal system of the PPEs and other hazardous wastes to save the environment and protect the public from impending health threats.

The Shs90 million Healthcare Waste Management Microwave and Shredder Machine was installed in 2018 through a collaboration between the County Government of Nakuru and the National Government with a grant from the Belgium government.

Chief Public Health Officer at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital, Ms Florence Basweti said the hospital previously used to burn its waste in open pits and would attract human and animal scavengers. She added that the machine that treats over 250- 300 Kgs of waste per hour has improved the hospital’s general cleanliness.

The hospital’s Medical Superintendent, Dr Aisha Maina said the inadequate and inappropriate handling of healthcare waste may have serious public health consequences such as various types of cancers, respiratory diseases and a significant impact on the general environment.

Dr Aisha said the machine has helped the biggest referral facility in the region manage PPEs disposal from its COVID-19 isolation and treatment facilities. She added that the machine also manages waste from private and learning facilities in the County and has safely handled over 1,005 tonnes of medical waste in the last three years.

Mr John Ochieng, a machine operator at the facility said all workers are well kitted and trained on waste and machine handling to avert disease transmission and hazardous chemical exposure while at work. He said the facility has two Public Health Officers who oversee daily operations.

He explained that the emerging microwave technology treats biohazardous waste for more than an hour through shredding, sterilizing in sets of microwaves and heating in chambers with temperatures of above 100 degrees to set safety standards and beyond before the waste is safely disposed or recycled by making fencing poles.

In 2016, the County was on the spot after private facilities dumped hazardous raw medical waste at the Giotto Dumpsite in Nakuru Town West sub-County. About 10 – 25 per cent of the medical wastes – sharps, blood transfusion catheters, cotton swabs, human tissues – are highly infectious.

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Nakuru man nursing serious injuries after messing up his manhood with a knife

The incident left locals in shock.

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Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.PHOTO/Courtesy.

A middle-aged man from Engoshura village in Bahati sub County of Nakuru is nursing genital injuries at Nakuru Level 5 Hospital after messing up with his manhood using a knife.

According to neighbors, the man has been in depression for long.

They added that many times he has threatened to commit suicide.

The incident left locals in shock.

 

 

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Why lobby groups want Ministry to halt launch of Policy on Reproductive Health

Led by Reproductive Health Youth Champion Organization (RHYCO), the groups argued that the policy did not factor in crucial issues affecting women, and youth of reproductive age.

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Cosmas Mutua from Nakuru Reproductive Health Network addressing during a walk organized by CSOs.PHOTO/RHCO.

Nakuru Civil Society Reproductive Health Network are up in arms over the Reproductive Health Care Policy 2022-2032.

Led by Reproductive Health Youth Champion Organization (RHCO), the groups argued that the policy did not factor in crucial issues affecting women, and youth of reproductive age.

Martin Lunalo from RHCO said the Policy expected to be launched on 23rd March 2022 is not in order as the communities were not consulted in the drafting of this Policy.

“The development process was not public, and the Policy was not readily accessible online. How can the Policy speak to the needs of all Kenyans when the most vulnerable and marginalised have not been given a chance to participate? We are also concerned that the Policy excludes key sexual and reproductive health issues. The Policy excludes safe abortion even though unsafe abortion is one of the main causes for maternal mortality in Kenya” said Lunalo.

Addressing journalists after holding peaceful demonstrations in Nakuru Town, the lobby noted  the Constitution is very clear that pregnant women can seek a safe abortion under Article 26(4) of the Constitution.

Lunalo called on the Ministry to offer guidance on article 26(4) inorder to address the challenges women who use public health facilities undergo  when seeking safe abortions due to lack of information and services.

“We are also disturbed by the stigmatising language used in the Policy. It stigmatises young survivors of sexual violence by blaming them for refusing to resist forced sex from partners. It stigmatises the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents by emphasising abstinence and delayed sexual debut as their main SRHR needs. What about teen mothers? What about minors who have been defiled? Young people have SRHR needs too!
It is our right as people affected by this Policy to participate in its drafting and its validation.The Ministry of Health must respect its obligation to consult with the public, and ensure the Policy leaves no one behind” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Trizah Wanja who called on the Ministry to stop the launch until the issues raised are addressed.

She also urged the Ministry of Health urgently publicise the Policy, and provide forums for public participation.

On his part, Cosmas Mutua from Nakuru Reproductive Health Network
demanded that the Ministry of Health includes all critical sexual and reproductive health issues in the Policy in line with the right to the highest attainable standard of reproductive health.

While calling on general public to come together and demand for meaningful and adequate public engagement in the development of the reproductive health policy, Mutua called on the Ministry to restart validation of the reproductive health policy to include the voices of grassroot communities.

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Mediheal Group of Hospitals Nakuru marks International Women’s Day by donating sanitation items to women traders in major Nakuru markets

Speaking during the donation, Mediheal Group of Hospitals Vice President Operations Santosh Devaraj who led the team, said the Facility decided to honor such women who toil daily to make ends meet besides making a healthy society.

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Mediheal Group of Hospitals Nakuru branch Vice President Operations Santosh Devaraj during a donation to Wakulima Market women traders.PHOTO/Mediheal Group of Hospitals Communication Unit.

Mediheal Group of Hospitals Nakuru on Tuesday honored women traders dealing in Food at Free Area,Wakulima and Kaptembwa markets with donations as the world marked International Women’s Day.

Mediheal Group of Hospitals Nakuru branch banner for this year’s International Women’s Day.

Donations made to the market women included aprons, soap and pads.

Speaking during the donation, Mediheal Group of Hospitals Vice President Operations Santosh Devaraj who led the team, said the Facility decided to honor such women who toil daily to make ends meet besides making a healthy society.

He encouraged the traders to enroll on NHIF adding that such will guarantee them health cover at Mediheal Group of Hospitals whenever they fall ill.

“We encourage each one of you to have NHIF cover.This will guarantee you medical care at our hospital whenever you fall ill” said Santosh.

Matron Elizabeth Kigotho urged the women to maintain high standards of hygiene while at the market.

She noted that is the only way to keep away diseases.

“Even as you go on with your businesses in the market, we urge you to maintain high standards of hygiene so that we can keep away some if the common diseases” said Ms Wangui.

Sentiments echoed by head of marketing Hiram Wachira who called on the tradera to also enroll for NHIF.

Free Area Food market chairlady Hellen Wangui on her part comended Mediheal Group of Hospitals Nakuru for the gesture.

She however noted that the women are many and in dire need.

“We are very grateful for the gesture by Mediheal Group of Hospitals Nakuru branch. The women need this more” said Ms Wangui.

This year’s theme is Gender Equality today for sustainable tomorrow.

After the distribution of the donation, Mediheal Group of Hospitals Nakuru branch female staff were also treated to other events among them games as a way of appreciating their role as women staff at the Facility.

Mediheal Group of Hospitals offers high quality services with investment in modern technology.

 

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