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RIWAMA boss decries improper dumping of clinical waste

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The Sole Administrator of Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Felix Obuah, has decried the indiscriminate dumping of stillborn babies and placenta at the receptacles by maternity homes in the state.

He said the unprofessional practice of some healthcare practitioners, who dispose wastes indiscriminately at unapproved incinerators, was impacting negatively on the environment and health of the people.

Obuah spoke yesterday when consultants from Environmental Health Essentials, led by Herbert Tobin-West, visited him in his office ahead of a workshop for health workers, waste generators and handlers in the state.

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He re-emphasised the need to reawaken the consciousness of health workers to the consequences of improper handling and disposal of clinical wastes, especially in an industrialised and densely-populated state like Rivers.

According to him, the agency will not tolerate any act that militates against the environmental health and sanitary laws of the state, but will support programmes that are in line with the RIWAMA agenda to make the state cleaner and healthier.

“Some healthcare practitioners prefer the services of cart-pushers, who rather dispose their waste on the roadsides, rather than the service providers certified fit and approved for evacuating wastes.

“More worrisome is the habit of dropping stillborn babies and placenta at the receptacles by maternity homes,” Obuah said.

The RIWAMA boss expressed hope that the mandatory training for the health workers would address some of those anomalies for the benefit of Rivers people and those doing business in the state, after which the agency would go all out and prosecute defaulters.

Earlier, West had commended the RIWAMA boss on his commitment to a clean state and called on the agency for support.

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