The IFP member of the Executive in eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Mdu Nkosi has expressed grave concern over the recent reports of the discovery of medical waste on the beach in the vicinity of the stormwater outlet in front of Addington Hospital.
“Samples of the waste contained: syringes, packs of tablets for heart treatment and needles, which is a very severe case of negligence and ‘life threatening pollution’, as people strolling on the beach or bathers are at risk of being infected with the discarded syringes or needles found on the beach. This is unhygienic as our residents’ lives, (especially the children who visit the beach) are at risk of consuming the tablets that are still in packs and resemble sweets,” continued Cllr Nkosi.
“The eThekwini Municipality must be held responsible for the lack of DSW which is accountable for collecting the waste within the municipality. We also call on the Hospital itself to ensure that used waste products are incinerated. Health and Waste Disposal must clean up this mess and not just block off or divert the stormwater drains to less noticeable areas,” concluded Cllr Nkosi.
Source : Inkatha Freedom Party