MEDICAL WASTE ARE LETHAL ENVIRONMENTAL & PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT

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SAFE-HEALTHCARE PROJECT

Exposed Syringes are lethal if left undisposed, incinerate them!

Introduction

Unsafe injection practices are commonplace in developing country health settings. These unsafe practices predispose the health care workers to various risks and also facilitate transmission of an array of diseases to the health care professionals and the communities at large.

Aim: To assess and sensitize the practice of safe injection practices and disposal methods among health care personnel at healthcare centers in remote communities.

Rural communities account for a large number of infections of preventable diseases and the population of half of all residents in rural areas lives below the poverty line, struggling for better, and easy access to the health care services.

Professional Nurses and Community Health Care Workers (CHCW) play a crucial role in rural areas as they are on the frontline of care in such areas. They form the pillars of the health care system and their empowerment and expertise are critical to improving the quality of health care. Hence, they have a significant role in monitoring the health of people in a community.

An injection is a skin piercing event performed to introduce a substance into the body for prophylactic, curative, or recreational purposes. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 12 billion injections are given annually, 5% of which are administered for immunization and 95% for curative purposes. Since the invention of the syringe in 1848, a new channel for pathogens to pass from one person to another was opened. Unsafe injection practices facilitate such

transmission of blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Estimates suggest that at least 50% of the world’s injections administered each year are unsafe, particularly in developing countries. To reduce hazardous effects of unsafe injection practices on the populace, the WHO introduced the concept of injection safety which is defined as being that “does not harm the recipient, does not expose the provider to any avoidable risk and does not result in any waste that is dangerous to other people.” Injection safety practice includes hand hygiene; use of gloves where appropriate; skin preparation and disinfection and proper waste management.

The most affected category of health care providers follows unsafe practices are the nursing personnel, injection recipients, and health care workers (HCW’s). In recognition of this problem, in 1999 the WHO convened the Safe Injection Global Network, which aims to promote the safe and appropriate use of injections worldwide. A good injection practice along with proper disposal in health facilities is a reflection of adequate resource allocation, adequate supportive supervision, and good technical support. This study aimed to assess the level of knowledge, the practice of injection safety, and its disposal among nursing personnel at healthcare centers.

IIMGC proposes a Safety First Health Care Project (SAFE-HEALTHCARE). IIMGC shall invite professional health care trainers who will participate in this project and it shall be shared and introduced throughout  Africa.

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