March 20, 2021

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CAMPAK, Durmus Findikci has called on the government through the Ministry of Health to come up with a policy, to control, regulate medical waste collection and disposal.

According to him what is happening in Accra is so unfortunate where medical wastes are mix with domestic waste for disposal.

The Turkish company CAMPAK in collaboration with its local partners Juspong Group of Companies has establish ZOOMPAK, a sanitation and medical waste treatment plant in Teshie Nungua, the first of its kind in Africa, with a branch in Kumasi, and setting up in the other fourteen regions.

Mr. Durmus Findikci, who was briefing members of the Parliamentary Press Corp on Saturday, March 20, 2021 underscored the importance of segregating medical wastes at the various hospitals and the need to have a specialized vehicle that goes in for these wastes.

He further pointed out that if the government does not monitor and regulate, control medical waste collection and disposal going into the future, there would be a lot of issues. “You cannot force private and public hospitals, they refuse to give us their medical waste sometimes”.

And pointed out that, they would rather prefer, to give it to some domestic waste collectors who take low fees but are not specialized in medical waste collection and disposal.

Mr. Durmus called for transparency in this area, and there should be more talk on the subject matter and was happy journalists from Parliament were visiting them.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said more than two million people are affected by medical waste and it is economic burden to the government if this is not checked. The Government should take the necessary steps to control operations in this sector”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/