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Environment Minister Warns Medical Officials

Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett sent out a stern warning to medical officials to dispose of medical or hazardous waste properly.

His statement came after news broke that biohazardous waste allegedly from the Princess Margaret Hospital was illegally dumped at the New Providence Landfill.

Managers of the City Dump are seeking nearly $40,000 from PMH for having to deal with the waste.

“We understand the danger that such occurrences pose to the workers and those who frequent the landfill and to the general public,” Minister Dorsett said.

“This matter has been brought to the attention of the Princess Margaret Hospital and is being addressed. It should be noted by all that there is established protocol in the country for the disposal of medical and hazardous waste that should be followed by all medical facilities, private and public. The proper disposal of medical waste is for the protection of everyone in the country.

“My ministry does not take this matters lightly. I admonish everyone who need to dispose of medical or harzardous waste to contact the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) to ensure that it is properly done.”

Hazardous waste includes items like car, cell phone batteries, chemicals, used syringes and the carcasses of deceased animals.

“We must all work together to ensure that The Bahamas has a clean and safe environment for our enjoyment and that of future generations.”




Written by Jones Bahamas

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