Officials of Zoomlion Medical Waste in the Bono region, have said that the late start of the ongoing second jab of the Astrazeneca jab is affecting their ability to supply medical waste bins to centers .
According to them, their officers who have been tasked with the responsibility of providing waste bins for the management of the waste at the various centres, are compelled to wait for the vaccinators when they get to the centers and they are not ready.
The Private Jobs Manager for Zoomiom, Mr John Otchere Oti, who doubles as the acting Bono regional manager for the company, explained in an interview with Journalists that anytime they get to a particular center and the vaccinators are not ready, they are compelled to wait for them.
The rippling effects of the late start of the vaccination exercise, he noted creates the situation where other centers, do not get their waste bins in time when they might have been ready waiting for their bins.
Although, some of the late start were as a result of the rains, Mr Otchere, said they were able to supply the bins to the 115 centres in the Bono region.
Despite these initial challenges, he said the 64 pieces each of the two sizes of the bins, which are the 240 and 60 litres, were supplied to all the centers.
The bin liners are changed everyday and will be changed everyday till the exercise is ended on Saturday, adding that specially made medical waste vans, have been secured to take the waste to the treatment site.
The Public Health Department of the Ministry Of Health in collaborations with Korle Bu School of Hygiene, have partnered Zoomlion Medical Waste to undertaken the management of the waste that is generated arising from the second administration of the Astrazeneca vaccine.
The vaccination is being carried out throughout the country and in some cases the Janssen and Janssen single dose being given.
Some of the centers visited were the Bono regional coordinating council center, the Atronie health center and the Sunyani municipal hospital center.
On his part, the acting Deputy Director Of Public Health for the Bono region, Dr. Prince Quarshie, expressed concern about the increasing cases of covid-19 in the region.
"As At yesterday, there have been 2050 cases in the region with 78 deaths", he added.
He was of the view that the vaccination exercise, will go a long way to safeguard the residents of the region from further spread.
He gave the breakdown of the vaccines received as 1000 doses of the Janssen and Janssen vaccine which is being given once and 9,200 doses of the Astrazeneca, which is the second dose being given to those who took their first jab in March this year.
The role by Zoomlion Medical Waste to manage the medical waste he said, is a partnership which is needed to achieve success.