South Africa: Medical waste dumped in yard

source: News24
2009-11-28 22:39

Johannesburg – Tons of highly infectious raw medical waste have been unearthed in the back yard of a brick factory in Welkom, Free State, the Sunday Times reported.

The 300 ton stash, which includes bloody swabs, body parts, filthy bandages, used needles vials and discarded pills was found buried, making it the Green Scorpions biggest medical waste discovery to date.

The dumping breaks waste management laws and poses serious health risks including ground water and bore-hole contamination, and the spread of [continue reading]

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