South Africa. On the orders of Eastern Cape Health MEC Pemmy Majodina, piles of hospital waste that had been lying on the side of the road around Cecelia Makiwane Hospital for a month, were removed.
The waste had been left uncollected from both CMH and East London’s Frere Hospital due to a payment dispute between waste removal company Compass Waste Services and the Health Department.
When the story was broken, it was alleged that the waste bags contained amputated limbs, cancerous tumours and other products of surgery, but this was proven incorrect after inspection of the plastic bags which were shown to contain bloodied bandages, gloves and swabs.
There were flies buzzing around the bags and a strong foul smell was present.
CEO of the East London Hospital Complex, Vuyo Mosana, said that human parts were stored at temperatures below 5ºC and kept in double plastic bags and also added that the bags had been there for two weeks and not for a month as was alleged.
Spokesperson for the Eastern Cape Department of Health, Sizwe Kupelo said that the MEC gave the order for the waste to be collected, which would then have prompted a call to the waste removal company, requesting urgent assistance.
The waste removal company withdrew their services because they were owed in excess of R3.6 million but decided to provide the removal service in good faith and in the interest of public health and safety.
Sizwe Kupelo challenged the figure stated and said that the Department of Health owed Compass Waste Services R600 000 for removing waste from the East London Hospital Complex.
Source: Dispatch Online