It has emerged that health workers at the Kpalbe Health Center in the North East Gonja District of the Savannah Region resort using hot water to sterilize medical equipment for reuse at the facility.
This was made known in a Facebook post by TV 3’s Regional Reporter, Christopher Amoako following the station’s news on the matter on World Health Day this year.
In this video is a nurse at the Kpalbe health center in the North East Gonja District of the Savannah Region setting fire to boil medical equipment.
Christopher reports there is no machine provided to the facility for the purpose of sterilization of the medical equipment.
“Midwives at this facility are compelled to boil medical equipment used to conduct delivery in a pot to get them sterilized so that they can reuse on other clients because the facility lack an autoclave machine. This is dangerous as it can be contaminated again”, he wrote.
“In view of this, I am appealing to the general public to support the facility with an autoclave machine to save the pregnant women due for delivery from any possible infections. An autoclave machine per my checks cost USD 2, 480 equivalent to close to 15,000 cedis. Persons willing to support can contact me on 0548379825”, the journalist appealed in the write-up.
An autoclave is a machine that uses steam under pressure to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores on items that are placed inside a pressure vessel.
The items are heated to an appropriate sterilization temperature for a given amount of time. The moisture in the steam efficiently transfers heat to the items to destroy the protein structure of the bacteria and spores.
This, is how medically, machines that are used to sterilize medical equipment are defined, and it is also known as steam sterilizers.
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Story By: Fuseini Safianu