IT is a daily occurrence to see black smoke being emitted from the chimneys at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
And after having a recent letter to the editor from Satish Nakched, The Fiji Times followed up with an investigation to the smoke which poses a barrier to the neighboring inhabitants of Waimanu Rd..
A common belief is that the smoke is a product from body components being incinerated in the hospital.
Minister of Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate explained “the incinerator at CWM burns all clinical waste generated at the hospital”.
“The choice of type of wastes which should be incinerated follows global standards for disease control and disposal of clinical waste,” Mr Usamate said.
Clinical waste includes blood, tissue, individual organs and other body components.
“Incineration occurs in a controlled environment where things are incinerated at a very high temperature to kill all microorganisms in the waste.
“Incinerators are used in hospitals all around the world and are the preferred method to eliminate the waste as it keeps the odds of spreading disease and disease to a minimum.