Solid Waste Management Practices in a Regional, District and Private Hospital in Ghana

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Solid Waste Management Practices in a Regional, District and Private Hospital in Ghana

Abstract

Management of hospital wastes is a public health concern due to the potential health risks associated with such wastes.  Yet, available and relevant information from most developing countries indicate that hospital wastes are not managed properly. This study reports the waste management practices (with reference to solid waste) in a Regional, District and Private hospital in a southern city in Ghana. A multi-stage strategy that included site visits, waste quantification, review of records and interviews with authorities, health workers and personnel in charge of waste management at the hospitals was adopted to collect relevant information on current practices related to segregation, collection and storage, transportation, and treatment and final disposal of solid wastes.

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