The Star (Nairobi)

1 April 2011

Kenya: Incinerator for Kisii Hospital Waste

A Sh17.5 million biomedical incinerator was yesterday commissioned at the Kisii Level Five hospital for disposal of hazardous waste. Commissioning the equipment, the Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Geoffrey Otomu said the modern incinerator will help the facility handle waste management requirements.

Dr Otomu said the machine would be able to incinerate 100kg of waste per hour which is far higher than what the hospital produces daily. "By commissioning this kind of machine, the hospital would be able to deal the problem of waste management and even be able to give an opportunity to surrounding hospitals to dispose off their waste at a fee," Dr Otomu said. He said proper waste management will reduce cases of infections.

The managing director of Plenser Limited Moses Kamau said Kisii Level Five was among 17 hospitals which have such incinerators countrywide. The company supplied and installed the machine.

Kamau said the equipment which was manufactured in the UK can be used for 15 to 20 years if well maintained before it is serviced. He said his company will inspect it every three months. "The equipment as it stands now can incinerate between 600 to 800kgs of solid waste per day. With this kind of volume the management can even allow other hospitals to use it at a fee," Kamau said. "The machine is also environment friendly because it does not emit any smoke. That I why we want to ask other hospitals to install it," he said.

The Hospital is the second in Nyanza to install the incinerator after the Aga Khan Kisumu. Others are Mater, Pumwani, Langa Langa, Nakuru and Kajiado Hospitals.

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