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Table 5 Other disposal practices related to solid medical waste, Ga South Municipal Assembly, 2014

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

Practices Number (%)
Birth related
 Placenta brought home after delivery 47 (7.8)a
 Placenta buried 46 (7.7)a
Informal reuse of containers
 Ever sold old medicine bottles 6 (1.0)a
 Re-use old medicine or disinfectant containers 23 (3.8)a
Nature of household bin
 Bucket with(out) lid 197 (32.9)
 Sack/cellophane bag 142 (23.7)
 Basket/basin/carton 73 (12.2)
 Standard bin 116 (19.3)
 Gallon 21 (3.5)
 Pit 38 (6.3)
 None (nearby bush) 9 (1.5)
 No response 4 (0.7)
Waste is removed from home by
 Burial in a pit in the compound 14 (2.3)
 Burning in the compound 94 (15.7)
 Carried to a communal bin 258 (43.0)
 Picked up by a refuse truck 208 (34.7)
 Dump in a nearby bush 21 (3.5)
 Otherb 2 (0.3)
 No response 3 (0.5)
Waste is conveyed to disposal point by
 Children aged <10 years 4 (0.7)
 Adolescents aged 10–19 years 161 (26.8)
 Adults aged ≥20 years 402 (67.0)
 Not applicable 19 (3.2)
 No response 14 (2.3)
  1. a Yes responses only (placenta buried: one respondent did not indicate where it is disposed); b Burning outside the compound 1(0.2), dump in the gutter 1 (0.2)