Impact of Covid-19 on Waste Disposal in Private Health Facilities in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria


Authors : Adebayo Oluwatoyin; Ajayi Daniel O; Ndon David Okon; Hassan Ademola S; Adeniye Oluwaseun O; Ugwoke Jasmine I

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 6 - June

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6808888

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.

Keywords : Medical Waste, Ota, Private Healthcare Facilities, Waste Management.

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