Waste disposal is a vital aspect of public health
that must not be neglected, as improper waste disposal can
be hazardous to both the environment and the local
population. With the onset and aftermath of the COVID-19
pandemic and lockdown in Nigeria, it would be fascinating
to learn about the impact of the pandemic on waste disposal
methods at private healthcare facilities in Ota, Ogun state.
This study's objective is to investigate the effect of COVID19 on medical waste management and disposal practices in
private healthcare facilities in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Using questionnaire responses, in-depth interviews, and site
visits, the data for this study were collected. The study's
findings indicate that Covid-19 has minimal to no impact on
medical waste disposal practices in the study area. It was
revealed, however, that the majority of healthcare facilities
in the study area do not employ a waste manager. It is also
important to note that the majority of businesses do not
keep records of the amount of waste generated and disposed
of, as well as the associated costs, and that only a minority
use color-coding for the disposal of waste.
Medical Waste, Ota, Private Healthcare Facilities, Waste Management.