health: pmb group takes on illegal dumping

2008-10-22 00:00

A Pietermaritzburg environmental activist group is taking steps to stop the illegal dumping of medical waste.

GroundWork has engaged on a campaign to educate health care workers in uMgungundlovu district about the role they can play in promoting environmental health for individuals and communities, and held a workshop for nurses in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

GroundWork health care waste campaign manager Nomcebo Mvelase, a qualified nurse, conducted the workshop.

She said the waste is not easily controlled because “there are no policies in some areas and if there are policies they are not enforced”. She said, from her background as a nurse, there is training or specific methods on how to dispose of the waste. She said there needs to be careful consideration for better ways of disposing of pharmaceutical and anatomical waste.

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