To effectively combat the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, a waste management company zoompak Ghana is distributing 3500 bins to all vaccination centers to properly manage hazardous waste materials aiming at preventing further spread of infections among citizens.
Zoompak Ghana Limited, which is a subsidiary of Jospong Group of companies is carrying out the exceise in Ashanti, Greater Accra and some part of Central Region which have been indicated as hostpot of the infection in the phase one of the vaccination.
In a media briefing in Kumasi on Monday, March 8, 2021, Ing. Senam Tengey, Head of Medical Waste Department,
Zoompak Ghana Limited explained that the exercise will facilitate the proper segregation of waste generated at the vaccination centres which includes mainly infectious waste (syringes and blood stained cotton) and general waste (wrappers of syringes and other non-infectious waste).
According to him, the waste generated will then be collected by specialized air-tight and leak proof vehicles from the vaccination centres to the waste treatment sites for treatment using steam sterilization with shredding before final disposal.
Added that, the project is making preparations to service every region of Ghana in the subsequent phases of the nationwide vaccination.
He said the project is currently working with teams comprising of experts from the School of Hygiene and Public Health Nurses. This intervention will help reduce the rate of infections and deaths from this current pandemic as well as other infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis etc.