Dr. Bawumia Commissions IRECOP and Medical Waste Treatment Facility in Kperiha, Upper West Region of Ghana

picture of Dr. Bawumia commissioning the IRECOP in Upper West region

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana, was honored to commission an ultra-modern Integrated Recycling and Composting Plant (IRECOP) alongside a cutting-edge Medical Waste Treatment facility in Kperiha, situated near Wa, within the confines of the Upper West Region. The occasion marked a significant stride towards tackling the pressing challenges of waste management in the area.

In his keynote address, Dr. Bawumia stated the essential role of the newly established IRECOP. He stressed that the IRECOP has an impressive operational capacity of processing 400 tons of municipal solid waste daily, the facility stands to cater to the waste disposal needs not only of Wa but also of the entire Upper West Region. By efficiently accommodating the waste generated across the region, the IRECOP emerges as a beacon of sustainability, offering a pragmatic solution to the longstanding waste management issues plaguing the area.

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This facility is dedicated to the collection and treatment of hazardous medical waste, including but not limited to used syringes, blood-stained materials, pathological waste, Covid-19-related waste, and waste resulting from vaccination exercises. By providing a dedicated avenue for the safe disposal of medical waste, this facility significantly mitigates potential health and environmental hazards, Bawumia stated.

picture of Bawumia with IRECOP group

Dr. Bawumia, who also serves as the flagbearer of the NPP, highlighted the broader significance of these initiatives. The commissioning of the IRECOP in Kperiha marks the seventh in a series of sixteen such facilities planned for deployment across all sixteen regions of Ghana. Similarly, the Medical Waste Treatment facility in Kperiha is the fourth of fourteen facilities slated for establishment through a collaborative effort between the government and the Jospong Group of Companies. This concerted endeavor underscores the commitment of both public and private sectors towards addressing critical environmental and healthcare challenges.

Beyond their immediate operational impact, these state-of-the-art facilities are poised to catalyze socio-economic development in the region. Dr. Bawumia highlighted that the establishment of these facilities is expected to create over 1000 direct employment opportunities, thereby fostering economic empowerment within the local community. Furthermore, the seamless management of waste not only ensures a healthier environment but also contributes to improved public health outcomes.

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