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Posted - 08 Jul 2022 :  16:47:02  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote


Jul 8, 2022, 11:04 AM | Article By: Sheriff Janko
The president Adama Barrow on Tuesday inaugurated the country's first clinical waste treatment plant, which also marks the commissioning of the Ecosteryl 250 and Ecosteryl 75 waste treatment plants in Farato and at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital respectively.

The event, held at Farato, was graced by cabinet ministers, a delegation from the World Bank, senior government officials and a cross section of the community.

The project is being funded by the World Bank Group and is part of Gambia's Covid-19 response initiatives and seeks to contribute to strengthening the health system capacity of the country.

This waste treatment machine Ecosteryl 250 located at Farato and the 75 at EFSTH employed a microwave technology for advanced and environmental friendly treatment of waste from health facilities.

For years, the Gambia lacked such equipment and knowledge in health waste disposal, thereby putting the population and communities, where some of this clinical waste is dumped, in great danger.

At the ceremony, Axel Van Trotsenburg, managing director of Operations, World Bank, said this was his first visit to The Gambia, further acknowledging the fact that he and delegation were impressed by the warmth hospitality and reception accorded them.

He also shared that WB community also experienced terrible difficult time over the last few years due to Covid-19 pandemic.

This, he said, had caused grief to the entire global community and also caused economic hardship and The Gambia is not an exception.

World Bank MD also spoke about the support extended by the bank to member countries which include The Gambia, noting that it is important to not only focus on crisis management, but also how to strengthen health services in countries.

For his part, Dr. Ahmad Lamin Samateh, minister for Health, described the event as a milestone achievement in the development of the country, most importantly the development of the health sector.

He thanked the World Bank team for their commitment and effort to make the country’s health sector second to none in the region. “And we have seen that mark has begun.”

Minister Samateh indicated that President Barrow has very good strategies for the country’s health sector and that one of these strategies is by coming up with good governance system structures.

He reminded that they inherited poor governance structures in the health sector, adding that one of these strategies is to ensure that there is efficiency, transparency and accountability in the sector.

Minister Samateh reminded this lofty goal is being pursued with a lot of vigour, adding that they have already started working with partners on some governance and reform process to strengthen the county’s health sector.

In his key note address, President Barrow expressed delight to inaugurate the country's first clinical waste treatment plant, which also marks the commissioning of the Ecosteryl 250 and Ecosteryl 75 waste treatment plants in Farato and at Edward Farnacis Small Teaching Hospital respectively.

The project, he said, is one of several important projects funded by the World Bank.

"Today's event marks a prominent milestone in the country's health care service delivery and also highlights the fruitful relation between the government of The Gambia and the World Bank."

The Gambian leader reminded that medical waste is harmful material produced by hospitals, health facilities and clinics and mostly goes untreated.

This, he said, could be harmful to human health as well as the environment.

Ousman Bojang, the governor of West Coast Region, acknowledged that clinical waste management posed challenges to the public and communities, describing the commissioning of the initiative as a great move towards making the community safer.

Fatou Sowe, the alkalo of Farato, welcomed the delegation to her community, describing the project as a milestone towards a safer community.

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Posted - 25 Oct 2022 :  13:58:14  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I posted this topic on 23 Jan 2014 : 19:50:21 ,Yes folks quite a long time ago have a read from page 1 to see the history of this waste material which in my opinion has been sidelined,not in all cases it must be said,if you think otherwise
give your ideas for improvement


Oct 21, 2022, 2:29 PM | Article By: EDITORIAL

Africa’s rapid population growth, increasing economic activities, and ever-expanding urbanisation have resulted in unprecedented augmenting of waste materials.

Subsequently, this has led to expanding risky waste material sites because the waste pollution from these sites has reached a state of emergency across the African continent.

However, for the African Union’s Agenda 2063: “The Africa We Want”, Africa needs to pursue sustainable waste management approaches to ensure the appropriate preservation of the environment and curb possible further pollution. Thus, pursuing sustainable waste management approaches will ensure the realisation of AU’s Agenda 2063, Goal 7, which aspires for environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient economies within African communities.

It has been projected that by 2050, the volume of waste will triple from 174 million tonnes per year as of 2016 to approximately 516 million tonnes per year across the Africa continent.

However, Africa’s average waste collection rate is approximately 55% of all the existing waste materials. Notably, more than 90% of Africa’s waste is disposed of at uncontrolled dumpsites and landfills, often followed by open burning. Most importantly, 19 of the world’s 50 biggest dumpsites are found in Africa and are mostly located in Sub-Saharan Africa. By composition, an average of approximately 13% of municipal solid waste generated in Africa is plastic, and 57% constitute organic waste.

The bulk of organic waste is currently being dumped in landfills. However, organic waste could provide significant socio-economic opportunities for African countries.

The emergence of recycling across the African continent is characterised by poverty, unemployment, and socio-economic needs driven by public and private sector design. For example, approximately 70–80% of the municipal solid waste generated in Africa is recyclable.

However, only 4% of municipal solid waste is currently recycled. Furthermore, informal waste pickers actively recover valuable resources from the waste at minimal compensation to municipalities and private sector companies. This means that approximately half of the waste material generated in Africa remains uncollected within Africa’s cities and towns, where it remains dumped on sidewalks, open fields, stormwater drains, and rivers.

Notably, the primary causes of inadequate waste disposal and management in Africa include weak strategic, institutional, and organisational structures. This is perpetrated by limited skills that are essential to waste material management; inadequate budgets; feeble legislation and lack of enforcement necessary for waste management, low public awareness, increasing corruption and conflict leading to political instability; and the lack of political will among several governments to deal with waste material disposal and management.

Traditionally, African countries have managed waste disposal in landfills, indiscriminate dumping, open burning, and recycling. Unfortunately, the projected increased levels of waste in Africa, exposure of the public to waste sites, most particularly the poorly managed waste sites, has raised serious health concerns across the African continent. This includes the fact that the dumped waste material may find its way into water bodies through leaching over time, sometimes into groundwater bodies, and thus causing water pollution.

Unfortunately, the end results of pollution have adverse effects on the environment, including animals and humans. Notably, plastics waste pollution, among other waste material disposals, have continuously and negatively impacted the reproduction efforts of animals and humans. For example, scientific studies have demonstrated that pollutants derived from chemicals and plastics are potentially introducing endocrine disruptors in humans and subsequently impairing brain development in developing foetuses and babies.

These endocrine disruptors are responsible for low sperm counts and infertility in males and miscarriages or defective births in females.

Notably, the link between reckless industrial practices such as the overproduction and disposal of plastics, and the consequent diseases, remain evident. Unfortunately, the lethargic regulatory systems suitable for environmental protection have perpetrated environmental pollution.

Regrettably, it has been estimated that deaths occurring in Africa because of outdoor air pollution have amplified by nearly 60% in the last two decades.

Furthermore, it has been estimated that six hundred thousand people die due to pollution across the African continent.[10] In addition, the World Bank estimated that the economic impact of air pollution in Africa in 2013 was approximately US$114 billion.

Remarkably, several African countries are progressively adopting more sustainable modes of waste disposal and management technologies through leveraging emerging waste recycling technologies. These countries are also adopting digital technologies that can be utilised to decrease unsustainable waste disposal across the African continent. For example, Ethiopia has predominately utilised the Koshe dump site as the only landfill in Addis Ababa.

However, in 2017, the Ethiopian government transformed this dumpsite into a waste-to-energy plant. This effectively transformed, re-purposed, and revolutionised the dumpsite into incinerating approximately 1,400 tonnes of waste materials daily towards generating electricity. Therefore, this accounted for approximately 80% of Addis Ababa’s rubbish re-purposed towards energy supply, with the city supplementing approximately 30% of household electricity. Notably, the operational activities of this plant met European air emission standards.

A Guest Editorial

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Edited by - toubab1020 on 25 Oct 2022 14:09:44
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Posted - 25 Oct 2022 :  14:15:40  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
KMC Launches 3 Million Euros Environmental Transformation Project
The Voice: October 14, 2022 )
By Binta Jaiteh

Ahmed Talib Bensuda, Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council, on Thursday, launched the 3 million euro grant for the Kanifing Environmental Transformation Program Project ( KETP).

This is meant to use a sustainable focus on new integrated waste management approaches to drive environmental, social, and economic transformation in Kanifing.

Speaking during the launching of the project, Mayor Talib described the day as another special day and landmark event in the history of KMC.

He said the council has 10,000 waste bins that will be distributed into the communities to further accelerate the realization of its waste management strategies, goals, and target. These 10,000 bins which is the first phase 1 bin per household initiative will be distributed to 25% of the 35,000 communal households and 500 business operators within the municipality.

He said an additional 25,000 bins are targeted to complete their waste bin initiative which is part of their wider scheme of allocating 1 bin to each compound with the overall objective of providing all household residents of Kanifing Municipality with waste bins. This is in line with achieving the council’s vision of creating a zero waste municipality of the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“I take this opportunity to thank the European Union through its Ambassador in the Gambia for their valuable support in funding the Kanifing Environmental Transformation Program (KETP) project with a grant of 3 million euros,” he added.

The Mayor disclosed that the project is one of their flagship initiatives for the environmental, social, and economic transformation of the Municipality. He, therefore, extended the council’s sincere appreciation to the implementing partners, Peterborough City Council in the UK and its Economic Development Agency, opportunity Peterborough for their support.

‘’KETP aims to use a sustainable focus on new integrated waste management approaches in the Municipality from pollution, health and environment challenges to become a sustainable economic opportunity that strengthens urban governance, inclusive delivery, and sustainable resource management,” he explained.

He pointed out that, KMC as an institution has transformed into an effective service-driven institution, as a result, the landscape of the Kanifing Municipality is also transforming, in 2017 before we came into office the council budget was D117 million. In 2022 we will reach a milestone of D3 million representing a 300% increase and in 2023 we have budgeted… This means KMC can provide four times the level of service to its residents, as before we assumed office.

Among other projects the municipal council is working on, he named the Kanifing Municipal Market (KMM) which will develop 7 new markets over 5 years with over 1000 new vendor spaces that will more than double the current market capacity of KM, the Kanifing Municipality Road Network Project (KMRNP) this will build over 38KM of roads connecting every ward in the municipality over the next 5 years, Solid Waste Processing Plant this will bring about the first municipal affordable housing company targeting the development of 8000 affordable homes for young families and the less-privilege families within the municipality.

“The council under my leadership has a defined road map and we will work diligently and tirelessly to implement and deliver this action plan to change and transform the landscape of KMC and the country,” he promised.

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Posted - 26 Oct 2022 :  16:20:23  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Re: The above posting .

Thanks Momodou YOU have a vast knowledge of the media available relating to The Gambia which us visitors Bantaba in Cyberspace do not have as we all know your blog Bantaba in Cyberspace is very well known and respected to be truthful and accurate, it is refreshing to know that Ahmed Talib Bensuda, Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council,is in the forefront of development of The Gambia in ensuring that The Smiling Coast will develop and be a premier place both to live and visit for holidays .

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Edited by - toubab1020 on 26 Oct 2022 16:25:48
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Posted - 26 Oct 2022 :  17:54:16  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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