IT is a daily occurrence to see black smoke being emitted from the chimneys in the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
And following a recent letter to the editor from Satish Nakched, The Fiji Times followed up with an investigation into the smoke which poses an obstruction for the nearby residents of Waimanu Rd..
Minister of Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate clarified “the incinerator in CWM burns all clinical waste generated at the hospital”.
“The selection of type of wastes that should be incinerated follows global standards for disease control and disposal of clinical waste,” Mr Usamate said.
Clinical waste includes blood, tissue, human organs and other body parts.
“Incineration happens in a controlled environment where things are incinerated at a really high temperature to kill all germs in the waste.
“Incinerators are used in hospitals all around the world and will be the preferred method to dispose of the waste as it retains the chances of spreading disease and disease to a minimum. ”