The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has taken a swipe over indiscriminate disposal of hospital and healthcare waste across the country.
To this end, the environmental body is seeking feasible ways to address hospital wastes by enacting relevant regulations that would bolster treatment and management of waste.
The director-general of NESREA, Dr. Lawrence Chidi Anukam, stated this in Abuja yesterday during the 8th National Regulatory Dialogue, organised by NESREA.
He said though 34 regulations have been gazetted, that the healthcare waste control when formalised would safeguard human health and the environment.
The DG maintained that the agency’s responsibility was beyond developing regulations but to work closely with key stakeholders across the federal and state levels including NGOs to develop acceptable solutions.
On his part, Amb B.N. Rano, who was represented by the chairman of NESREA governing council, hinted that healthcare waste was a major source of concern that should be properly addressed.
Also, a former commissioner of police, Lawrence Alobi, lauded NESREA’s commitment in the environment, adding that waste management should be prioritised for environmental safety.
He called on security agencies to cooperate with NESREA in enforcing environmental laws.
The FCT minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello, stated that while was necessary for AEPB and NESREA to partner on environmental protection that was important to take the issue of enforcement seriously.
Bello, who was represented by Alhaji Baba Shehu Lawan, pointed out that proper enforcement could be done through the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), to be enforced by NESREA alongside pollution control and solid waste management department.
He said, “In Abuja alone, there are over 200 hospitals and clinics which make hospital waste a major challenge to the environment, especially water bodies.”