EVALUATION OF HOSPITALS WASTE MANAGEMENT PROCESS, THE CASE STUDY OF DUHOK CITY
Duhok city, like other cities of the Kurdistan region, has witnessed a population growth that involved an increase in health-care demands, which has affected the waste generation amount from the existing health-care facilities including four hospitals. The objectives of this research are to explore the management of the hospital solid waste, investigate the approaches used for calculating it, and evaluate of its management process. Through this research, a sample of four public and private hospitals has been taken as case studies for investigating the hospitals’ solid waste quantity and management.
The research findings estimated the solid waste generation rates of the four selected hospitals at 2,856 KG per month (Azadi Hospital - 841 Kg, Emergency hospital - 459 Kg, Vin Hospital - 636 Kg, and Vajin Hospital - 920 Kg).
Solid waste management is neglected in the private hospitals and inadequate management in the public hospitals in Duhok city because of the lack of regulation, policies, and instruction from the health and environment directorates of Duhok city
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