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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 08)
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Medical Waste Generation in Hospitals and Associated Factors in Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria

A.B. Wahab and D.A. Adesanya
Corresponding Author:  A.B. Wahab 

Key words:  Associated factors, hospital environment, management practice, medical waste, waste generation, ,
Vol. 3 , (08): 746-751
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2011 May, 11 2011 June, 28 2011 August, 30
Abstract:

The study was conducted to determine the quantities of waste generated in selected hospitals in Ibadan Metropolis Nigeria and examine the factors that influenced the choice of methods and facilities used in managing waste generated. Eight hospitals were selected through systematic random sampling procedure using a sample size of 20% out of 21 public hospitals and 10% out of 42 private hospitals that rendered tertiary or secondary health-care services representing four public and private hospitals respectively. The results from the study revealed that public hospitals generated waste between 0.37 and 1.25 Kg/head/day while private hospitals generated between 0.12 and 0.28 Kg/head/day. It was established that infectious waste represented the highest rate of waste generation with 32.43% in Adeoyo; 28.57% in Jericho; 35.71% in Ring Road; 32.14% in Oni; 30.00% in Alaafia; 20.00% in Molly, 31.58% in Gold Cross and 38.89% in St. Lucia Hospitals The study showed that financial capability was the most important factor that influenced public hospitals with relative important index value of 4.05 in the choice of facilities and methods used to manage waste generated. Other factors in order of importance were waste characteristics (3.97) and type of hospital (3.87). In private hospitals, the most important factor was financial capability (3.76) and other factors in order of importance were technical know-how of the manpower (3.52) and waste characteristics (3.41). The study suggests that there is need to develop better medical waste management policies.
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A.B. Wahab and D.A. Adesanya, 2011. Medical Waste Generation in Hospitals and Associated Factors in Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 3(08): 746-751.
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