oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Healthcare waste management in clinics in a rural health district in KwaZulu-Natal : brief report

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



The handling of healthcare waste (HCW) was investigated in 30 rural healthcare facilities in KwaZulu-Natal. Using a semi-structured questionnaire, interviews were carried out with the person in charge of the facility and observations were made to establish current practices in sorting, handling and disposal of HCW. It was found that improper sorting and management of HCW occurred on most sites with implications for cost, infection control and education. It is imperative therefore that improved HCW management measures be implemented and that healthcare facility staff receive appropriate and repeated training to ensure minimising risk.

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