Lives at risk over careless dumping of medical waste

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Kenyans collecting plastics at the Dandora dumpsite for resale are lamenting the careless dumping of medical waste at the dumpsite.

Miriam Nyambura who has been collecting waste from the Dandora dumpsite for several years claims that hospital are carelessly dumping medical wastes that comprise of syringes and razor blades at the dumpsite.

Nyambura says that some of them have suffered cuts and bruises from the wastes putting their lives in danger.

They are now appealing on the relevant authorities to look into the matter and hold the hospitals into account.

The National Environment and Management Authority NEMA directives require that medical wastes be disposed through incineration, shredding and chemical disinfection.

The Authority also states that they can be disposed through landfilling to avoid scavengers from exposing the waste.

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