How Project MDH Sharps Safety and Waste Management Program Came About

How Project MDH Sharps Safety and Waste Management Program Came About

by Reynaldo O Joson on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5:51am

How Project MDH Sharps Safety and Waste Management Program Came About


August 17, 2011, Dr. Fernando Sison emailed me the following:

Dear Rey,

I’m the adviser of a group of five undergraduate students (BS Public Health) who are enrolled in PH 197/199 which requires them to choose a topic, come up with objectives, develop a conceptual framework, and identify research methods which they will employ, and present their proposal on Oct. 3 – 7 to a faculty panel. The senior class is composed of 80 students. The topic selection will be during the week of Sept. 12 – 16. The field work will be from Oct. 17 – Nov. 11, which is their semestral break.

They are considering “Assessing the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices on Sharps Waste Management in Manila Doctors Hospital”. They will select the departments which will compose their sample size. Has there been a study on this topic in your hospital? If not, can they be given permission to conduct the study in your hospital? Whom should the clearance be obtained from? I’m sure that they will give you a copy of their report, once finished.

There have been many studies done already at PGH. So choosing PGH is out of the question.

Just in case you have ideas on research topics which they can conduct in MDH, given the limited time to conduct it (Oct. 17 – Nov. 11), I will be most grateful if you can share them with me.



On August 19, 2011, I had a face-to-face discussion with him regarding his proposal.  I said I welcome the UP College of Public Health (CPH) students doing research in MDH.  But, I asked him to give me time to develop a program that would be beneficial to both the students of CPH and MDH.  At that time, I was already envisioning a collaborative program between UP-CPH and MDH and on a long-term basis.  I was looking at the action researches of MDH which I have initiated through the Continual Improvement Program  more than three years ago and which I feel still need a lot of improvement in terms of research methodology.  I was thinking maybe I can use the CPH students to propel and assist me in the improvement of the action researches being conducted in MDH.  In the process of helping me and MDH, I will also mentor and assist them in their research requirements.


On August 20, 2011, a day before I left for Hanoi, Vietnam, I created a group in my Facebook called MDH Sharps Safety and Waste Management System and posted about 21 questions for discussion by 5 UP-CPH students and selected MDH staff.


On August 30, 2011, upon my return from Vietnam, I formulated the concept paper for Project MDH Sharps Safety and Waste Management Program and a 3-year strategic plan.  On August 31, 2011, I met for the first time the 5 UP-CPH students in the Philippine General Hospital to discuss their research project, our collaboration, and the need for them to work  within my formulated project master plan. We identified where the students can come in to collaborate in the project  and do their small-scale research.   We agreed that their research would be guided by me and by the needs of the MDH and NOT just what they want or what their teachers want.   In this particular collaborative research project, the students will conduct a knowledge and attitude survey on the MDH staff on sharps safety and waste management.   They will analyze the data from the survey and then make a formal report, of course, under my guidance.


On September 7, 2011, I met face-t0-face with key MDH staff who are actively involved in sharps safety and waste management such as Ms. Venus Ceralvo, Ms. Aisa Lee, Mr. Celso Lizano, and Mr. Ian Romero. They agreed to be part of the team to develop a structured and comprehensive sharps safety and waste management program for MDH and they welcome the participation of the UP-CPH students.


On September 7, 2011, too, I wrote President Aniceto Sobrepena and Hospital Director Pilar Almira regarding the project and to get their full support and endorsement.

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