Medical waste treatment plant commissioned at Akrofu.
Ho – 24th July 2023
A state-of-the-art medical waste treatment plant was commissioned at Akrofu Agorve in the Ho Municipality on Friday 21st July 2023.
Addressing participants, the Deputy Minister of Health, Mahama Asei Seini, asserted that the facility will effectively address public health concerns in the Volta region. The Minister highlighted the potential health hazards posed by improper medical waste management, such as incineration, landfill disposal, and reusing of medical waste. He emphasized that the advanced Microwave Treatment Equipment (Ecosteryl) installed at the facility will ensure the safe treatment of hazardous waste, safeguarding public health.
With a daily treatment capacity of 5,000Kg (5 tons) of hazardous waste, the facility is expected to create around 200 direct and indirect job opportunities for residents in the region. Praising the support of President Akufo-Addo in enabling private sector development, the Executive Director of the Jospong Group of Companies (Environment and Sanitation Cluster), Mr. Said Haidar, emphasized the company’s commitment to providing public health services, including mosquito population control and Covid-19 disinfection.
According to Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, the newly commissioned facility will cater for health facilities in the region and its surroundings, contributing to minimizing health risks and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on health and well-being.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Ho, Hon. Divine R.K. Bosson indicated that the facility would go a long way to support the “Oxygen City” project being undertaken by the Municipal Assembly.
The Paramount Queen Mother of Akrofu Traditional Area, Mamaga Akua Sebea Nyabor VII, expressed her gratitude to the Jospong Group of Companies and President Akufo-Addo for bringing the medical waste treatment facility to her community. However, she made an appeal to the government to construct the road leading to the facility to facilitate its accessibility and usage.
By: Richmond Abake –PRO
Photo credit: Francis Agbesi Dey