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Sharjah to Have Medical,C?Waste Treatment Facility.

Summary: SHARJAH u Hazardous medical wastes that were previously disposed off by hospitals will soon have a dedicated treatment facility at the Sajja landfill in Sharjah, according to an agreement signed this week.

Bee'ah, the Sharjah Environment Co., signed a partnership agreement with Green Planet to launch Wekaya, a medical waste company, on Monday.

James Hartnell, marketing director at Bee'ah, said Wekaya will specialise in management of medical wastes, training and certification of employees, and treatment and disposal of medical wastes. The agreement was signed by Shaikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, CEO of Green Planet, and Salim bin Mohammed Al Owais, acting chairman of Bee'ah.

"Wekaya will adopt international medical waste handling and treatment standards in its operations," said Shaikh Sultan bin Ahmed.

In the coming months, Wekaya will begin intensive education and certification programmes with hospitals and clinics operating in the emirate, he said. Aa When the facility will open and how much medical wastes it will treat are still being researched, said Hartnell.

According to him, Sharjah produces only a low amount of medical wastes. "While it's a very small amount of waste, it can be very hazardous if not handled responsibly," Hartnell said.

Salim bin Mohammed Al Owais said the waste treatment facility would minimise the risk posed to the community by improperly managed waste.


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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jul 19, 2009
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