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The Health Ministry Kuala Lumpur will take action against Radicare if investigations reveal that the company had failed to dispose of clinical waste properly.
An upset Health Minister said he would direct the Director-General of Health to investigate the matter.
It was reported that hundreds of yellow plastic bags filled with clinical waste, including amputated body parts, placenta, used syringes and blood-stained materials, were left lying outside the hospitals’ cold storage clinical waste store.
Reporters had been tipped off by workers at one of the hospitals who found the stench of decaying flesh in the area unbearable and felt the waste would cause diseases to spread.
The problem had started in May when an incinerator operated by Radicare was ordered closed by the Selangor Department of Environment. The DOE had subsequently given a temporary permit for Radicare to transport their clinical waste to Kualiti Alam’s waste management centre in Bukit Nanas, Negri Sembilan.
The incinerator posed a danger of dioxin pollution in the area, so we ordered them to close for repairs. Why the contingency arrangements had not works, or not been implemented, are not clear.