CoW health care risk waste treatment inaugurated

11 Oct 2018 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 OCT (NAMPA) – Vice President Nangolo Mbumba on Thursday officially inaugurated the City of Windhoek (CoW) Health Care Risk Waste Treatment Facility in the Northern Industrial Area in the capital.
The purpose of the N.dollars 70 million facility is to manage all solid, medical and hazardous waste generated in order to reduce health risks caused by such waste.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mbumba said enhancing the standard of living through a clean environment, air and water is an essential mandate CoW is providing accordingly.
“The inauguration of the facility is a clear sign that Namibia is moving in the right direction during the developmental phase which is aimed at improving service delivery and overall quality of lives as stated in Vision 2030 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” he said.
Mbumba noted that CoW has the responsibility to ensure that all waste generated within the city is managed well in order to minimise its potential impact on the environment and human health.
He added that great strides have been made towards keeping the city clean, however more needs to be done for Windhoek to reclaim its status as the cleanest city in Africa again.
At the same occasion, CoW Mayor Muesee Kazapua said the facility was built to deal primarily with the medical and other waste coming from health facilities such as hospitals, clinics and health care outlets, and the facility has a total medical and hazardous waste treatment capacity of approximately 1 450 tonnes per year.
Kazapua further appealed to Windhoek residents to refrain from illegal dumping and littering and move to a more environmental sensitive culture.
“There is a compelling need for change of behaviour and mindset, for us to sustainably keep our city clean as we live by our paramount motto ‘My Waste, My Responsibility’.
According to the council agenda made available to the media in November 2017, the facility will be generating income through charging for waste transportation and treatment.
It will run at a cost of the user, of which the user will be charged N.dollars 27.10 per kilogramme for waste treatment.
The facility comprises of a combination of burn and non-burn technologies as well as air pollution cleaning equipment that will ensure that any potential air pollution is eliminated.
It is the only approved facility for the treatment of medical waste, therefore all private health care providers will be obliged by law to make use of it.
Health care waste includes health care risk waste and all wastes generated at health care facilities, laboratories, pharmacies, veterinaries and related service providers. Health care risk waste is dangerous as it can contain infectious agents, sharp objects, hazardous chemicals or pharmaceuticals that could cause disease or injury.