Court orders clinical waste to be disposed after production
A Kiambu court has ordered that clinical waste produced before it is exhibits by local county government officials be disposed of to protect handlers from infectious diseases.
Kiambu Chief Magistrate Mrs. Patricia Gichohi, made the order yesterday after the waste which included syringes, used needles, cotton wool, and writing materials among others was produced in court.
She said it was important to dispose of the waste before the case was concluded as it was hazardous as those who handled it could easily contract diseases.
The clinical waste had been produced by the supervisor of casuals Mr. Francis Wainaina, in a case in which the CEO of Mercylight Health Facility Rosemary Nyambura Kuria, had been charged with disposal of solid medical waste to the environment contrary to Environment Management and Coordination Act.
She had been charged that on 17th February 2017, at Kiambu Township, she allegedly disposed of medical waste to the environment in a manner likely to cause pollution and ill health to the public.
She pleaded not guilty to the charge and the case was scheduled for hearing. She is out on a bond of Shs.40, 000.
In his testimony, Mr. Wainaina said they were doing their normal routine of cleaning the environment when he was alerted by some casual workers of the clinical waste around Indian bazaar.
As he produced the exhibits, he touched it with his bare hands prompting the Magistrate to intervene and have him given gloves before he could proceed.
He said among the waste were Mercylight Patient Cards, an indication the waste had emanated from the private health facility.
He said he called enforcement officers from the Sub-county government offices who rushed to the scene and after consultation proceeded to the hospital and arrested the accused.
The second prosecution witness was the Sub-county Environment Officer Mr. James Kang’ethe Kaburu, who said that according to environment rules such waste should not be discarded in a public place as had been done.
He said after visiting the scene, he ensured the waste was collected and placed in a container pending production in court.
The ruling will be delivered on April 13th.