The Harare City Council City Health Department has implored government to strictly monitor all entry ports to ensure that empty contaminated waste containers do not find their way into the country as they pose a health hazard to people.Contaminated containers which are clearly written in black and white that they used to contain gynae waste, laboratory waste, health care risk waste and other infectious wastes are finding their way into the country and being sold to unknowing residents for $3.50 at Mbare Musika.
Harare City Council, City Health Department Director, Dr Stanley Mungofa urged government to tighten security at ports of entry to prevent the importation of the containers.
Dr Mungofa said the containers are a potential health threat and should not be sold to anyone, but should be destroyed by professionals, adding that the residues of the contaminated wastes cannot be washed away by water.
Some of the medical wastes that are deposited into the containers include body fluids, waste from treated boils and bacterial infections.
Due to perennial water shortages in the capital, residents use such containers to store drinking water posing a threat to their health.