KATMANDU, August 6: The government of the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) jointly launched a new initiative in Nepal to support the country in the response to COVID-19 by improving the management system medical waste, under the South-South China Cooperation Assistance Fund (SSCAF).
UNDP will work closely with the Department of Health Services of the Ministry of Health and Population of the Government of Nepal and with seven designated COVID hospitals across the country, including Koshi Hospital in Biratnagar; Narayani Hospital, Birgunj; Janakpur Hospital, Janakpurdham; Shree Birendra Hospital, Chhauni; Rapti Provincial Hospital, Tulsipur; and Bheri Hospital, Nepalgunj, according to a joint statement released by UNDP and ChinaAid.
The joint effort will support the modernization of hospital waste management systems by providing support in the form of autoclaves, the establishment of waste treatment areas and the training of health personnel in their use as well as in the appropriate means. to manage medical waste. It is expected that 350 health professionals will acquire the technical skills required for good management of medical waste. At the same time, 100 local government officials will also be trained in better management of health emergencies.
“At the same time, the initiative aims to increase public knowledge and preparedness on medical waste management by developing public service announcements in various local languages in Nepal,” the statement said. “Young volunteers from 300 urban and rural municipalities will be mobilized to conduct an online campaign to raise awareness of this important issue. “
Speaking about the joint initiatives, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi expressed hope that Nepal will benefit from the project and that the haze of the COVID-19 pandemic will dispel as soon as possible through the joint efforts of all country of the world. This initiative is part of the SSCAF COVID-19 regional project in Asia and the Pacific and will directly and indirectly benefit more than one million people.
“UNDP is privileged to enter into a tripartite agreement with the Ministry of Health and Population and China Aid to help demonstrate how we can improve the health care waste management system in Nepal. Besides Nepal, similar initiatives are being launched by UNDP and China Aid in the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, ”said UNDP Resident Representative Ayshanie Medagangoda-Labe.
This project is also expected to help the country meet its ambitious goals under the Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to the most recently updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to support emissions reductions, particularly in the area. waste management, in accordance with the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“In fact, Nepal has set 10-year targets to adopt and implement waste sorting, recycling and energy recovery programs in at least 100 municipalities, and to improve 1,400 health facilities. with proper management of medical waste through the application of non-scald technologies. UNDP wants to seize this opportunity to turn this crisis into an opportunity and make changes in our behavior to ensure a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous future for all in Nepal ”, said the UNDP Resident Representative.