In 2021, following 18 months of international turmoil, 4 containerised MP500 medical incinerators were commissioned at Hospitals and Health Centres across Nigeria. To safely, effectively and thoroughly manage healthcare waste.
Ordered mid-2020, just as the impact of the Coronavirus caused most of the world to go into lockdown. These four Addfield MP500 machines were purchased by the Nigerian Navy to provide a reliable source of waste disposal to the thousands of people being treated daily across the hospitals, clinics and medical centres located across the coastal regions of Nigeria.
By November 2020, the four facilities were completed before being independently inspected by Bureau Veritas and then collected, beginning their journeys to Nigeria. Built in Addfield’s factory in Great Britain, SONCAP certification was obtained for export to Nigeria with the support of the UK’s Department Of International Trade.
The implementation of these advanced incinerators has been developed for ease of use and longevity, able to be loaded and deashed comfortably alongside being clear to access for servicing and maintenance to ensure that they are able to be kept in the best operational condition for decades to come.
Delivered across coastal regions of Nigeria, the final destinations for these machines were
Naval Medical Centre BORIKIRI, based at Port Harcourt
Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, CALABAR
Nigerian Navy Hospital, OJO, LAGOS
Nigeria Navy Hospital, WARRI
Selecting the containerised options provided the added benefits of a fully self-sufficient ready-to-go hazardous waste treatment facility. Each container included the MP500 incinerator alongside a securely double-bunded fuel tank and generator in a securely sectioned-off area. The containers were fitted with full-length access doors and side-opening doors, providing full access to the entire system, ideal for loading and long-term maintenance. These waste management solutions are rapid to install and commission requiring minimal groundworks and facilities to establish.
Containerised solutions provide a high-quality factory finish to an installation. They are undoubtedly one of the most effective solutions to provide fast relief to the problem of hazardous waste.
For the installation, Abraham Bah travelled out to be met by our local engineer Emmanuel Eikhenomian before meeting with a representative from the Navy and travelling to all four sites to complete the installations, commission the machines and to train local operators on how to get the best out of each machine, achieving maximum results whilst providing general maintenance and how to complete an annual service. Before leaving, our team provided access to the full online training to ensure that they are able to manage the servicing of the machines independently.
The machines were originally purchased to manage the mixed medical waste created in the general operation of a number of hospitals and medical centres. The largest of our MP range, these are the perfect solution for hospitals with around 500 beds in use at a time.
Although self-contained these incinerators have been installed in several semi-permanent structures which, if required, can be quickly dismantled to allow the incinerators to be rapidly moved to areas of high demand.
These installations have provided an invaluable addition to the well-being of the communities surrounding these health centres, as prior to their installation, the hazardous waste that was generated was previously disposed of via unreliable general waste collection, which was not the ideal way to prevent the risks of cross-contamination, an element of medical waste that has never been as valued as since the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic.
During the two-week installation, Abraham and Emmanuel were welcomed by many members of the community, including many senior naval officers, including the DMS Commander, who had great enthusiasm for the successful installations.
The impact that these machines will make on the region was visible during the installation, and being able to see them in operation first-hand really brought the value of the option for containerised incinerators as an essential option for many customers.