The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has donated over 12 high-tech incinerators to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health.
The high-tech incinerators were handed over Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn by UNICEF's Representative to Liberia, Sheldon Yett according to a release.
The incinerators, according to the release will be used to dispose of hazardous medical waste, and prevent the spread of disease through the improper disposal of medical waste.
The incinerators were provided with funding from the Government of the Netherlands through a program, WASH in Health Care Project, funded by UNICEF to support the GOL in creating a resilient health system.
UNICEF said components of the project are water supply, sanitation, healthcare waste management and behaviour change.
Under the healthcare waste management, the release noted that UNICEF is providing various waste disposal systems including placenta pits, burning pits, ash pits and incinerators.
"The project originally targeted 50 health facilities selected across the country after a country-wide assessment of WASH infrastructures in health facilities, but due to funding limitations, work is currently ongoing in 14 health facilities across the country," the release indicated.
For sustainability UNICEF said the supplier has provided 1 year spare parts, established a local presence in the country with a local agent to render after sale service
Source: All Africa