Because of the high rate of contagion of Covid-19, especially by waste, Dr. Ralph Ternier, doctor at the University Hospital of Mirebalais (HUM), thinks that it is necessary to have a specific protocol for the management of medical waste. 

“We had to modify our waste management protocol at the HUM by strengthening the sorting and packaging system, disinfecting the packaging bags and accelerating towards incineration,” he said, adding that ‘This is a strengthening of the protocol marked above all by repetitive disinfection. The HUM has a fairly large incinerator, which makes it easier.

 “Covid-19 is a disease that we are studying, we do not yet know all the facets of this virus (Sars-CoV-2). This is why a specific waste management protocol is needed, “argued Dr Magareth Narcisse, member of the medical management of Saint-Damien Hospital (HSD), contacted by phone on Wednesday April 22, 2020.

The NPH children’s hospital is part of a very closed circle of hospitals that have prepared to deal with Covid-19. 

Every effort was made not only to care for children infected with Sars-CoV-2, but also to operate all of the hospital’s departments. The clinic and hospitalization for acute respiratory infections is separate from other clinical and hospital services.

As of this date, no cases of Covid-19 are still being treated at Saint-Damien Hospital. But when that happens, specific measures regarding waste management will be taken, according to the doctor “If we start to receive cases of Covid-19, I think we will of course make a separate separation of the waste Said the pediatrician, stressing that prevention is better than cure. At Saint-Damien hospital, she adds, management is awaiting directives from the MSPP. Continue reading

Samuel Louis is a young Haitian student that loves to write and learn. He’s passionate about people and culture and finds comfort in knowledge. As a writer for Haitian Times, he looks forward to opening his horizons about journalism, while doing what he loves.

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