Health Protection Agency has concluded the Training of Trainers for healthcare professionals from all across Maldives on Healthcare Waste Management and Occupational Health and Safety on 28 February 2019.
The training was held in partnership with WHO Maldives from 25th – 28th February 2019 in Male’ for 20 participants from each atoll of Maldives. The aim of the training was to increase the participants’ awareness on the importance of health care waste management and health and safety in healthcare facilities, as well as for them to conduct sessions throughout the islands in their respective atolls.
The sessions conducted through the training focused on the different types of waste produced by healthcare facilities, proper waste disposal methods, and the health and environmental impacts that can be caused by unsafe waste disposal. Furthermore, sessions were also conducted on occupational health and safety, occupational hazards, and health impacts caused by accidents at the workplace. All the sessions especially highlighted the grave importance of taking proper action to ensure safety in the workplace.
In addition to the sessions conducted by HPA on healthcare waste management, sessions were also facilitated by Ministry of Environment on rules and regulations of waste management. Furthermore, Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture also facilitated a session on the pesticides use and the health impacts cause by chemical exposure. Sessions highlighting the importance of occupational health and safety were conducted by an expert facilitator from Maldives Airports Company Limited.
Participants also visited Tree Top Hospital in Hulhumale on 26 February 2019 to experience proper healthcare waste management techniques. Further to this, participants also visited sites from STO and Lafarge Maldives Cement Pvt Ltd at Thilafushi Industrial Island.