UNOPS helps in preventing infectious waste getting in to Ampara

16th November 2011

PCL Solutions who introduced the Dual Chamber Mobile Incinerator in Sri Lanka was selected as the successful supplier to install their innovative Mediburn Incinerator for 06 hospitals in the Ampara district. Ampara General Hospital, Akkaraipaththu Base Hospital, Samanthurai District Hospital, Kalmunai Base Hospital, Ashroff Memorial Hospital – Kalmunai and Base hospital – Pothuvil were selected as the recipients.

The Mediburn Incinerator – manufactured by Elastec American Marine – USA is the first dual chamber portable incinerator installed in Sri Lanka and it’s smokeless operation with clean emission makes it the best choice of incinerators by any hospital administrator. The Mediburn requires only a small space of a 3 meter radius and could be moved at any given time. This flexibility makes it very easy for hospital administrators to plan the development of their respective hospital with out blocking space for the incinerator. In case there’s no space, the Mediburn could be kept on the roof top as it is done at leading private sector hospitals in Colombo.

All Mediburn’s were emission tested by Industrial Technological Institute and certified for clean emission. Until UNOPS helped the hospitals with Mediburns, the highly infectious clinical waste was either disposed with other municipality waste or was burnt using primitive techniques causing the release of toxic gases and heavy smoke as rubber and plastics requires high temperatures to oxidize to a level of 100%. With the initiative of UNOPS, these hospitals now get the benefit of managing this highly infectious clinical waste.

PCL Solutions, with the assistance of UNOPS officials conducted an in house training to all hospital staff at Ampara hospital auditorium followed by a practical training session which was conducted individually at each hospital site.

The Ampara hospital who is a recipient of the Mediburn is the only ISO certified hospital in Sri Lanka. The hospital has a very efficient waste segregation system which results in all clinical waste generated by the 700 beds in wards, and other infectious waste generated by the ICU’s, Operating theaters and OPD being totally incinerated within a few cycles per day. The hospital has gained much under the present Director and acts as a model hospital for other government hospitals in the country.

The average amount of waste generated per day by the above 06 hospitals were around 700 Kg and with the help of UNOPS, the environment of Ampara is now protected and deprived of 700 Kg of highly infectious waste PER DAY!

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