Syringes and bloody medical drips scattered next to dustbin in town

The syringes that are still lying in the garbage. Photos: Selogile Leshage

Syringes, needles, gloves and bloody medical drips were just some of the items in the rubbish lying next to a bin in Auto Avenue on Tuesday morning.

A concerned employee alerted the Herald to the unattended medical waste. ‘This is dangerous as the street kids are always searching for leftover food in the dustbins.

Who knows what kind of diseases they could pick up like this,’ he said with distress.

An hour after seeing the waste, a municipal truck driver collected some of the drips but could not pick up the small syringes.

A glove and other medical waste next to the dustbin.

‘This is certainly not the way people should dispose of medical waste. I don’t know where it comes from but I do know there are several medical doctors close by,’ he said.

The Herald visited a private doctor in town to find out how medical waste should be managed. The general practitioner, who has been practising in Ikageng and town for close to 30 years said medical waste should never be disposed of in this manner. He showed the Herald the different medical waste disposal containers for injectables, syringes and other medical waste.

One of the containers where healthcare workers should dispose of medical waste.

Selogile Leshage

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