Veep inaugurates advanced medical waste treatment plant in U/W Region

 The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has inaugurated a state-of-the-art medical waste treatment facility at Kperisi, near Wa.

The facility, capable of process­ing over 500 kg of medical waste per day, represents a significant advancement in the region’s waste management capabilities.

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Dr Bawumia was accompanied by a delegation including the Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Chieftaincy Affairs, Stephen Asa­moah Boateng, Minister of State, Ambrose Dery, former Secretary of the NPP, Kwabena Agyapong, Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, and the Upper West and East Regional Ministers, Stephen Yakubu and Dr Hafiz Bin Salih.

In an inaugural address, Dr Bawumia emphasised the impor­tance of the facility in ensuring safe and effective medical waste disposal, and praised the collaborative efforts between the government and the Jospong Group of Companies, led by Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, in revolutionising Ghana’s waste man­agement sector.

The Vice President highlighted the dedication of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who had been instrumental in promoting waste management infrastructure across the country.

He noted that the president’s vision had materialised through the completion 10 Integrated Recycling and Compost Plants (IRECOPs) and seven medical waste plants, including the new facility in Wa.

The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, appreciated all stakeholders, including govern­ment officials, traditional leaders, local contractors, and international partners, such as Komptech GmbH and Ecosteryl, for their enduring partnership over the period.

He reiterated the collaborative effort required to achieve these milestones and thanked everyone for their unwavering support and dedication.

The new plant, which is a com­bination of recycling and composting, a medical waste plant, a wastewater treatment plant, a research and tourism hub, and a waste recovery centre, is expected to generate significant employment opportunities, with 300 direct and 1,000 indirect jobs locally according to the waste entrepreneur.

Cumulatively, he said the 10 facil­ities would create over 10,000 jobs in the plastics recycling and organic fertiliser sectors.

Additionally, the plants would serve as research and training cen­tres for academic institutions, such as the SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Devel­opment Studies (SD-UBDS) and various technical and educational colleges.

Mr Senam Tengey, General Manager of Medical Waste Limited, a member of the Jospong Group, detailed the advanced treatment processes used at the plant. He said the facility employs modern mechanical and biological treatment mechanisms to dispose of hazard­ous medical waste safely, a digital platform has been implemented allowing healthcare facilities to request waste pickups via phone, ensuring efficient and timely service.

Mr Tengey said the facility would engage several youths as part of job creation and open up development in the Upper West Region, especial­ly the Kperisi community among others.

Ms Sophie Malu, West Africa Area Sales Manager of Ecoster­yl, Zoomlion’s major partner in medical waste management infra­structure, commended Zoomlion’s commitment to creating a healthier and more sustainable future. She emphasised the importance of collective responsibility in environ­mental protection and highlighted Ecosteryl’s long-standing partner­ship with Zoomlion.

Reflecting on the achieve­ments, Ms Malu quoted Kahlil Gibran: “One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night,” underscoring the resilience and dedication required to overcome challenges in waste management. She praised Zoomlion’s efforts in enhancing the quality of life and fostering an eco-friendly future.

The Upper West Regional Minis­ter, Mr Stephen Yakubu, expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo and Zoomlion for their continued efforts to improve the lives of Ghanaians, particularly in the Upper West Region. He highlighted the facility’s potential for eco-tourism and its contribution to research and job creation.

Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Amidu Issahaku Chinnia, emphasised the project’s role in providing sustain­able employment for local commu­nities and thanked the landowners for their support.


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