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Table 9 Discarded solid medical waste items considered a problem in the community, Ga South Municipal Assembly, 2014

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

Items Number of responses % of responses
N = 387
% of respondents
N = 600
Broken medication bottles 59 15% 10%
Used condomsb 112 29% 19%
Soiled diapersb 67 17% 11%
Used sanitary padsb 51 13% 9%
Used blades 75 19% 13%
Needles/syringes 10 3% 2%
Othersa 13 3% 2%
  1. a Unclear how to categorize. b Not generally considered SMW but included as they may contain body fluids or excrement which unless otherwise determined were assumed potentially infectious under the typical conditions of disposal