Members of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC – Nigeria) recently paid a familiarization visit to Lagos Waste Management Authority. During the visit, the CDC Nigeria team expressed their desire to engage LAWMA on the management of medical wastes in Lagos.
In her speech the Assistant General Manager, Administration and Human Resources, Mrs. Adenike Sobowale gave a detailed explanation of LAWMA’s operations in Lagos and how the various departments of the Authority function. She however informed the visitors that the Authority has assumed a regulatory role following the recent waste management restructuring in the state.
Mr. Jide Onayiga, the Assistant General Manager, Special Services during his presentation showcased the various methods LAWMA had been using to manage medical wastes generated in the state. He stated that medical wastes if not properly managed posed a lot of hazards to humans and the environment, which was why the Authority had to adopt a thorough and systematic collection and disposal of the special waste in the state.
During her speech, Mrs. Odafen Oke, who led the CDC Nigeria team, said the purpose of their visit to LAWMA was to learn how the Authority manages the bulk of waste generated in Lagos, especially medical waste.
Mrs. Oke thanked LAWMA management for giving them the opportunity to witness firsthand the processes involved in medical waste management in Lagos, adding that the knowledge gathered would be suggested to other states across the federation as a way of ensuring uniformed waste management policy in the country.
The visit also provided a platform for the CDC Nigeria members to ask salient questions on medical waste management in the state and what LAWMA has been doing to ensure efficiency in the system, particularly in the area of hospitals and medical laboratories.