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Table 4 Practices of health workers on HCW management

From: Health care waste management among health workers and associated factors in primary health care facilities in Kampala City, Uganda: a cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency (n = 200) Percentage (%)
Presence of litter/waste bins in work stationb
 Yes 188 94.0
 No 12 6.0
Waste bins colour coded2
 Yes 164 82.0
 No 36 18.0
Uses general pit to dispose general wasteb
 Yes 71 35.5
 No 129 64.5
Health workers dispose pathological wastes in the placenta pit b
 Yes 163 81.5
 No 37 18.5
Presence of Expired drugs at the work stationb
 Yes 97 48.5
 No 45 22.5
 Did not know 58 29.0
Disposal of expired drugs
 Burning 18 9.0
 Waste bin company 102 51.0
 Return to national medical stores 76 38.0
 Did not know 4 2.0
Use of Personal protective equipment (gloves, nose masks, clinical coats)b
 Yes 160 80.0
 No 40 20.0
Regularity of use of Personal protective equipmentb
 Always 144 72.0
 Occasionally 56 28.0
Ever been affected due to poor HCW management
 Yes 56 28.0
 No 144 72.0
Effects of poor HCW management (n = 56)
 Needle pricks 39 69.6
 Infection 15 26.8
 Spills of Blood 02 3.8
Ever reported injury to infection and control Unit
 Yes 35 17.5
 No 165 82.5
Health care waste management status (CIs for satisfactory HCW management) (67.8–80.1%)  
 Satisfactory 148 74.0
 Unsatisfactory 52 26.0
  1. bVariables used in ascertaining HCW management status