Zim hospital 'illegally dumps blood, children use it as nail polish, lipstick' - report

2017-07-26 13:02

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Harare – A Zimbabwean hospital has reportedly been charged with breaching the environmental health act after it allegedly dumped blood and other medical waste at an open dumpsite in Mt Hampden, "posing serious health risks to children who used the blood as lipstick and nail polish".

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the hospital was tracked down after documents with its Belgravia address were found at the dumpsite by a health officer.

The medical waste material included used surgical gloves, blood tubes, intravenous fluid packs and powder bottle.

The report said that "children who were playing close by then picked up the litter and started applying the blood on their lips and nails".

The children were reportedly noticed by their parents who then raised an alarm to an environment health officer, who immediately notified the police.

The trial was set to continue on August 4.

This came as reports earlier this year said that women living in a small town in north-western Zimbabwe were reportedly at risk of contracting cervix cancer following reports that they were allegedly using toxic acidic mine waste to stimulate their sexual pleasure.

The Centre for Natural Resources Governance (CNRG) said that mining companies in the Hwange district were exposing women to serious health risk by dumping toxic acidic waste in unprotected fields.

According to the southern African country's environmental management act, no person shall generate, store, sell, transport, use, recycle and discharge or dispose of hazardous waste to the environment except under licence from Environmental Management Agency (EMA).  

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