Mobile medical waste incinerators launched to support coronavirus response in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre, Tadweer, announced the introduction of three mobile medical waste incinerators in Abu Dhabi to support the precautionary measures taken by various healthcare entities to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


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May 21 2020
 
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The incinerators are operated at Al Mafraq Hospital and the recently launched field hospitals in Abu Dhabi including the field hospital at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and the Emirates Field Hospital in Mohammed Bin Zayed City.

With capacity ranging from 150 kg. to 300 kg. per hour, the new facilities can treat medical waste at temperatures of up to 1200 degrees, and are equipped with advanced purification systems to keep the environment clean and safe. The process ensures that all waste related to coronavirus disease is treated with high flexibility at various treatment locations.  

The facilities meet the highest international and European Union standards, and are fitted with a mobile platform that allows them to operate from different locations under different conditions, according to the press statement. Furthermore, all treatment equipment has been tested according to industrial heat treatment equipment standards. Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, and the national carrier to the United Arab Emirates, was appointed to transport the three incinerators to Abu Dhabi in accordance with the highest safety standards that such logistical operation commands.

“The operation of mobile incinerators for treating medical waste is line with Tadweer’s strategic vision to provide best-in-class solutions in disposing medical waste, especially waste resulting from Coronavirus treatment,” said H.E. Dr Salem Al Kaabi, Director General, Tadweer, adding that the Centre has taken a keen interest in providing the latest equipment as well as following international best practices in managing medical waste to achieve the highest waste treatment rates at various locations. “In addition, Tadweer seeks to preserve the health and safety of Abu Dhabi community and to protect its environment from the risks arising from waste generation. "

Abdulla  Mohamed Shadid, Managing Director, Cargo and Logistics Services at  Etihad Aviation Group, said, “We extend our sincerest thanks to Tadweer for entrusting Etihad Cargo with the air transportation of these strategic equipment into the UAE. This reaffirms our active role as the National Carrier of the UAE, working alongside local entities to support the concerted national efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Using the latest international operational safety standards, the mobile incinerators can treat the fourth type of biohazardous waste, red medical waste disposal bags, surgical dressings, plastic testing devices, flasks, yellow bags, bandages, gauze and pharmaceutical waste.