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Table 3 Disposal practices by waste category in Ga South Municipal Assembly, 2014

From: Solid medical waste: a cross sectional study of household disposal practices and reported harm in Southern Ghana

Waste category Dustbin
N (%)
Burn/Burial/Others
N (%)
Not applicable
N (%)
Sharps waste (n = 600) 534 (89.0) 56 (9.3) 10 (1.7)
Unwanted medicines (n = 600) 481 (80.2) 113 (18.8) 6 (1.0)
Soiled items (n = 582) 454 (78.0) 116 (19.9) 12 (2.1)
Blood soaked items (n = 592) 250 (42.2) 240 (40.6) 102 (17.2)
  1. N (n) = number of respondents, (%) = percentage; Others in each category: sharps waste = drop anywhere - 2, bush −5; unwanted medicines = drop in the gutter - 1, toilet - 1, keep them - 2, bush - 7, give out to others - 34; soiled items = bush - 1, toilet - 1; blood soaked items = toilet – 35, bush – 5