On the Evaluation of Waste Management Practices at Ward Level in a Tertiary Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria

  • G A Sodamade Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
  • O Shomoye
Keywords: Hazardous, health care, Infectious, waste disposal


The management of Health Care Waste (HCW) is highly important towards reducing the risk of infections. Attention should be focused on the cradle of the generation, which is the wards. This study assessed the management of wastes from the 22 wards and a diagnostic centre of a tertiary hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Data on waste generation,  segregation, storage and collection practices were collected from the wards. The general observation from all the wards is that guidelines and standards of health care waste
management according to WHO were not adhered to. The average waste generated ranged from 0.14 kg bed-1 day-1 at the private ward to 1.46 kg bed-1 day-1 at the diagnosis centre. The general waste generated was about 63.4 % of the total wastes and these were mostly from the children ward. The waste generated from the private ward was the least. The female surgical and gynaecology wards have the largest amount of infectious waste, with each generating 4.94 kg day-1 and 4.02 kg day-1
respectively. Re-orientation of the hospital workers and management of waste from source could reduce the risk of HCW to the society.


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Sodamade, G. A., & Shomoye, O. (2019). On the Evaluation of Waste Management Practices at Ward Level in a Tertiary Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of Engineering Research, 21(1), 1-8. Retrieved from http://jer.unilag.edu.ng/article/view/280