Winstone Chiseremi @Wchiseremi
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret has unveiled a Sh100 million incinerator which will be the biggest modern medical waste facility in Kenya.
The facility was built by the Health ministry through funding from the Belgium government.
Speaking during the opening of the facility on Monday, the hospital chief executive Wilson Aruasa said the new machine can incinerate 250kg of clinical waste daily.
The Ecosteryl equipment, apart from sterilising the waste, reduces the volume of waste by 80 per cent by shredding and drying making it easy for the operators to handle the waste products.
Aruasa, who was accompanied by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, said the incinerator will address the disposal of medical waste which has been a major challenge in many public and private hospitals in the region.
“Most private health facilities have no incinerators forcing them to dump their medical waste in rivers or open grounds which is against the law,” he said.
Aruasa said hospitals in neighbouring counties can take their clinical waste to the state-of-art- facility. “We will be charging public and private hospitals from North Rift region a small fee to meet the cost of electricity,” said Aruasa.
Meanwhile , to improve delivery of health services in the North Rift region, the hospital has expanded its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to accommodate 20 beds down from six last year.