All Lagos State Medical and Health facilities will now be electronically tagged following ongoing enumeration exercise, and a revised pricing system to take effect, the state’s waste management agency, LAWMA, has revealed.
According to available data, Lagos state boost of over 4200 private medical facilities, this is excluding government owned facilities, cosmetic plastic surgery facilities and medical laboratories.
So, to ensure that all medical waste generated are properly accounted for and disposed, LAWMA says it has started this enumeration process.
The need for environment protection has triggered for a more robust medical waste management system that comprises of collection, treatment, disposal , education and awareness.This was the basis of the stakeholders meeting facilitated by LAWMA.
The meeting which held on Thursday at the LAWMA Resource Centre at the Olushosun dumpsite, Ojota, and attended by representatives from both the operators and medical/health service providers, addressed thoroughly several issues ranging from Enforcement against co-mingling of Healthcare waste , Health and Safety Guidelines, Training for Healthcare waste personnel on proper waste management and other critical matters.
In his opening statement, the Acting Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, stressed the agency stand on zero tolerance to waste co-mingling.
He noted that despite the state government’s sensitization and awareness campaign on the need to separate waste from the source, some medical facilities are still co-mingling, not minding the health implications to waste handlers.
But with the enforcement exercise against co- mingling set to begin by November, all defaulters will be brought to book and penalized. However, before the commencement of the enforcement exercise, LAWMA’s Reviewed Health and Safety Guidelines will be made available and distributed to all medical facility, Odumboni added.
Overtime, stakeholders in the waste management sector have called for a proper enlightenment campaign where everyone from the service providers to PSP operators are professionally trained and updated with the 21st century standards in waste management.
Starting from September, the agency says it will kick off its online and onsite training for all personnel’s who handle waste from the point of collection to final treatment and disposal via LAWMA ACADEMY.
Mr. Odumboni encouraged all stakeholders in the health sector to send a representative that will be trained as a trainer who will in turn train other members of the facility.
The stakeholders meeting which is scheduled to hold again in November had in attendance Dr. Olayinka Daniel, Head of Monitoring HEFAMAA, Dr. Salau Tajudeen Mobolaji, 1st Vice Chairman Nigeria Medical Association, representative of PSP and also Dr. Eko Member of the Hazardous and Medical Waste Managers Association amongst several others in attendance.