Assessment of Healthcare Waste Management Strategies in Selected Hospitals in Abuja, Nigeria
Improper healthcare waste management practices,
capable of contributing to poor human health and negative environmental impacts,
inundate Abuja hospitals. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to assess
risk perceptions and awareness among healthcare workers handling
in Abuja, Nigeria. In this study, mixed methods design of
quantitative approach using cross-sectional study and qualitative approach using
descriptive case study were applied to explore the risk perceptions and awareness
of healthcare waste handlers within the four selected (two public and two private)
hospitals in Abuja. Coding and analysis of the quantitative
and qualitative data helped in triangulation, which improved the quality of work.
Major trends found through investigations,
include that: most Abuja hospitals were fraught with poor healthcare waste management
practices; healthcare waste attendants handling hospital waste in Abuja seldom appreciate
the danger involved; there exists risky exposures
of hospital waste to human health; coupled with negative environmental impacts. Summary of interpretation
for the study points at improper healthcare waste management practices.
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