30 June 2014 Fact Finding Mission to Libreville, GABON

The deed finding Mission to Libreville consisted of: Andrew PROUDLOVE (Team Leader, Key Expert (KE), Work Package (WP) chieftain WP1), Horst-Jürgen HERBERT (Key able, WP leader WP2) and Alexandre CUSTAUD (Non-Key Expert (NKE) WP1)

The Mission was organised by the kind advice and assistance of the Gabon National Focal Point, Mr Jean-Maurice AYINE of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Mission held a workshop conducive to the Gabon National Expert Team steady the first day.



Municipal exuberant site

The Team visited Libreville’s MunicipalIMG_1913 worthless matter dump, the ‘decharge public SOVOG, Clean Africa’, up~ the outskirts of the city

Key points from this survey and subsequent discussions are as follows:

There was not at all triage (separation) of waste in Gabon and in such a manner all kind of wastes were deposited put ~ the site that was estimated to comprise 1.3 million tonnes of of various kinds waste, including hazardous Bio & Chem loss

Solid and liquid wastes were dumped there

Illegal disposal of used oil products was a for the use of all practice

There were no fences right and left the site

The general public have free access to the site

Domestic habitations fence about the site

A small river flows in a circle the base of the site and a multiformity of toxic wastes can be seen leeching into the tide which flows into the sea at Libreville

The heavily polluted supply with ~ of this river used by topical inhabitants for washing their cloth and children were seen playing attached the site and in the stream, totally unaware of the dangerous environmentIMG_1924



Most of the variant laboratories (Pharmacology, Toxicology, Chemistry) are not adequately equipped as far as concerns hazardous waste disposal

Most of the existing equipment is unserviceable

Roofs of some of the buildings leaked leading to damage to existing equipment (case in point: in the Pharmacology Department, a elastic fluid chromatograph and chromatograph had been destroyed through rainwater.

There was no waste negotiation system in place

BC waste and expired chemicals could not have ~ing disposed of so hazardous BC materials are stored unlisted in the labs in successi~ the floors, in drawers, in stolid cupboards and rooms and in the canopy space.IMG_1942

No security system was in station, i.e. there was free admission to poisonous chemicals

Technical services were not sufficient; refrigerator out of order, vents confused of order, air conditioning out of injunction, etc.

no neutralisation of hazardous (poisonous) biological waste, UV equipment for sterilization off of order

biological waste from the Pathology Department was stored in the station for six months (in order to acknowledge relatives to claim body parts against burial) and then shipped to the SOVOG civic waste dump if not claimed

no incinerators were available so

one existing, elderly incinerator did not work properly, it’s force is costly and will be consequently be stopped after the end of one extant project which covers the expenses. Hazardous use up was burned in the open common ~.

solid waste from the laboratory is accumulated in pliable bags in special yellow recipients, collected and transferred to the civil waste dump or burned in the be parted airIMG_1971

liquid waste is poured etc. the drains into the sewer

There is not at all waste water treatment capability in put

the ‘fosses septiques’ are emptied ~ the agency of a private company and the melting waste is transferred to the civic waste dump

There is no usage of chemical waste produced in the laboratories with regard to the analyses performed there

The education program of P35 was warmly welcomed

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire & Institut de Cancérologie ANGONDJEIMG_3095

The P35 Team met the Director, the Technical Director and the Head of the Hygiene Service of the University Hospital Angondjé, home of the Gabon Cancer Institute and the chief medical facility in Gabon to join battle international standards. In stark contrast to the ageing University Hospital D’OWENGO, this ease cost around 82 million Euros and was opened in 2012. It prides itself in a affirm-of-the-art waste filtration and direction system for liquid and solid BC desert, including a modern double-chamber, uncleanness-free, General Electric diesel fuelled incinerator that be possible to cope with the hospital’s incineration requirements limit not external waste.IMG_1988

Centre Forces de Police Nationale (FPN) – INTERPOL Office

The P35 Team visited the ‘Centre Forces de Police Nationale’ and talked by INTERPOL and FPN staff.

The P35 Team visited the renovated FPN Forensic laboratory that was while suffering construction.IMG_3120

World Health Organisation – Regional Headquarters

The P35 Team visited the World Health Organisation Regional Director, Dr Boureima Hama SAMBO MD., PhD. in fit condition to present P35. Key points from this go to see and associated discussions are as follows:

Hazardous BC wear out in Gabon, particularly in Libreville, is the greatest in quantity serious threat to the health of the peopling

There is to be a regional colloquy on the environment of West Africa 20-23 October 2014. P35 should exist represented

A new anti-poison centre is planned for Libreville

International Health Regulations were cavilling for P35IMG_3140


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