Table 2

Amount of wastes with types generated in all surveyed HCE

Colour

Type of wastes

Amount (in kg)*


DMCH

BMCH

GH**

PC**

DC**

Total


Black

General waste (Kitchen waste, medicine box)

2587 (79.01)

563 (83.65)

729 (77.31)

286 (75.26)

143 (48.97)

4308 (77.45)

Yellow

Infectious waste (Cotton bandage, amputated body parts, placenta, blood & urine bags)

489 (14.94)

59 (10.57)

132 (14.00)

46 (12.10)

57 (19.52)

783 (14.08)

Green

Plastic waste (Syringe without needle, saline bags, gloves)

79 (2.41)

18 (3.22)

32 (3.39)

21 (5.53)

63 (21.57)

213 (3.83)

Red

Sharp items (needle, blade, knife, Vial-ampoule)

36 (1.10)

6 (1.07)

12 (1.27)

9 (2.37)

6 (2.06)

69 (1.24)

Blue

Liquid waste

83 (2.53)

27 (4.83)

38 (4.03)

18 (4.74)

23 (7.88)

189 (3.40)

Total:

3274 (100%)

673 (100%)

943 (100%)

380 (100%)

292 (100%)

5562 (100%)


Source: Field survey, 2006

* Figures in the parentheses indicate the per cent of each HCE category.

** GH: General Hospitals; PC: Private Clinics; and DC: Diagnostic Centres.

ยค For DC, Syringe (without needle) for injection and blood sampling was considered to be a hazardous element.

Hassan et al. BMC Public Health 2008 8:36   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-36

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