Clinical waste treatment facility opens in Sharjah

Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated a medical waste treatment facility in Al Sajja area of Sharjah.

There is a fleet of trucks, designed according to the highest international standards and recommendations of the WHO, to transport the emirate’s medical waste, the volume of which has been estimated at 3.5 tonnes a day. The facility has a capacity of approximately 350-400 kg/h, with each cycle lasting for 45 minutes. “All medical waste generated will be coded and weighed for the purpose of back-tracking in case of violations and record keeping. These records could, for example, be used at a later stage to introduce new tailored waste reduction policies.

This is great news for Sharjar, where there exists considerable expertise in healthcare hygiene, clinical waste management and regulation.  That is evident even in the news report that refers to the use of data from waste coding, investigation of violations, tonnages and patterns of waste distribution, and more general audit to devise and later refine tailored waste reduction policies.

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