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POSTED AT 12:04 PM 06-02-2017

UNOPS, WHO join hands for waste management in Sri Lanka

New waste management system, model ward at Valaichchenai Base Hospital

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) recently teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO), to install a waste management system at the Valaichchenai Base Hospital in Batticaloa.

This project was carried out under the Support to District Development Programme by the European Union, initiated to uplift the state of living of nearly 500,000 victims of the thirty two year civil war in the North and the East.

Implemented under the guidance of the Zonal Director of Health Services of the Batticaloa District, the technical advice on waste management for the project was given by the UNOPS.

The need for the new waste management system was discovered by the WHO when it previously conducted an evaluation of the waste segregation categories of the Valaichchenai Base Hospital. Although the hazardous waste percentage should be between 10%-25% according to expert guidelines, 76% of the hospital waste recorded by the WHO evaluation team was reported to be hazardous.

WHO experts observing the conditions of the waste disposal site at the Hospital

Parallel to the installation of the new waste disposal system, the WHO also conducted training sessions jointly with the UNOPS for the hospital staff, on decent waste disposal methods, as well as information sharing.

Accordingly, a model hospital ward is set to be established to demonstrate the proper methods of disposing waste material.