The Inquirer Newspaper has gathered that construction works on the bridge linking Monrovia to the Suburb Township of Caldwell, commonly known as Caldwell Bridge has been completed.
During a visit by this paper to the construction site at the weekend, it was gathered from the engineering team that the work has been one hundred percent (100%) completed, awaiting dedication but could not say when.
The engineering contractors referred our reporter to the Public Works Ministry where a source confirmed that the works have been completed. The source said the bridge will be dedicated this month.
Redemption Hospital Gets Autoclave
In continuation of UNDP Build Back Better Program, three consultants have arrived in the country from South Africa to begin the installation of six autoclaves delivered to Health facilities in Bong, Lofa, Maryland, Margibi and Montserrado Counties.
The latest installation has taken place at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Bushrod Island, Monrovia.
The autoclave, procured by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is an environmentally-friendly sterilizing equipment that will help in the disposal of contaminated and infectious medical and non-medical wastes generated in the hospital.
The wastes include syringes, personal protective suits and gloves. They are to go through several cycles of high-pressure steam and vacuuming, allowing for their safe disposal.
UNDP Autoclave Technician Shane Taylor says the steam equipment presents an alternative to burning wastes in open pits, barrels, or inexpensive incinerators without air pollution control equipment, which produce dangerous smoke and expose workers to flames.
“This an eco-friendly machine that is very easy to use and very easy to maintain with seven simple steps in its operations” Shane said.
He further explained that the machine decontaminates and sterilizes loads of wastes within forty-five (45) minutes and makes them safe to handle for disposal.
Community members have over the years, complained of inhaling smoke generated from the incinerator at the hospital’s facility. “Waste management here has been very difficult especially using the incinerator that usually produces a lot of smoke”. James Togbah, Redemption Hospital Incinerator Operator said. “We have had too many complaints from Community members regarding pollution” Togbah narrated.
He said due to the high volume of complaints from the residents, the management of the hospital decided to adjust the time to burn wastes by four hours, from 4:00pm to 8:00 pm.
“Prior to the installation of the hospital’s first incinerator by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 2014, medical and non-medical wastes were compiled and burned right in the back here…” said Varney Powoh, Sanitation Supervisor at the Redemption Hospital.
Powoh said, residents could not cease filing complaints against the hospital to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) even after the installation of the incinerator.
“We hope that with the installation of this new eco-friendly autoclave, the situation would be permanently resolved”.
The Redemption Hospital is situated in a densely populated slum community near the nation’s capital, Monrovia.
New Kru Town community which has a population of 82, 614 residents, was one of the hardest Ebola hit communities in Montserrado County during the outbreak of the Disease.
The autoclave was designed under a UNDP/GEF project and is manufactured by a South African company, Mediclave to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and other diseases that can be transmitted through infectious wastes.
The initiative, worth USD 4 million, is partially cost-shared by the Government of South Korea.