COVID-19: Zoomlion spearheading effective disposal of used vaccine kits

BY: Pacome Emmanuel Damalie
COVID-19: Zoomlion spearheading effective disposal of used vaccine kits
COVID-19: Zoomlion spearheading effective disposal of used vaccine kits

The Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Ms Emma Adwoa Appiah Osei-Duah has called on health workers to effectively dispose of used coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination kits to prevent any environmental hazard and spread of the virus.

In an interview with Graphic Online during a tour of vaccination centres in the Eastern Regional on September 1, Ms Appiah Osei-Duah said inappropriate disposal of the used kits could be dangerous to the health of persons that would come into contact with them; hence, Zoomlion's partnership with the Ministry of Health to aid with the effective disposal of the used kits.

The Eastern Regional tour of vaccination centres by Zoomlion to collect the waste kits which began from Nsawam-Adoagyiri through to Adeiso, Akwapim, and several other places, ended in Koforidua where 11 different centres were visited by the team with a Medical Waste Biohazard van to collect all used kits.

Zoomlion has also provided two waste bins for each centre to segregate waste at the centres for easy disposal as part of the waste management.

She said the waste kits would be taken through effective sterilization before they are disposed of according to the standards of the World Health Organization in order to prevent the further spread of the virus.

COVID-19 situation

Speaking to Graphic Online, the New Juaben South Disease Control Officer, Ms Diana Ohene Adu said the cases of COVID-19 were still being recorded in the Municipality though the health workers were working hard to prevent the spread of the illness.

She lamented the lack of responsibility on the part of some residents who have been consciously defying the COVID-19 protocols; adding that such irresponsibility was contributing to the rise in cases across the Municipality and the country as a whole.

She urged the government to adopt severe measures to make compliance to the protocols a norm to help salvage lives; that hitherto could be lost to the COVID-19.

Speaking on the low of publicity of the vaccination in the Municipality for the second jab of the Astrazeneca vaccine and the Jonhson and Johnson vaccine in the Eastern Regional Koforidua, Ms Ohene Adu said the quantity supplied could not meet demands; hence, a vigorous publicity would make centres very overcrowded and observation of social distancing very difficult.

She said in case quantity supplied shoots up, publicity would be made for all residents to be vaccinated.