Statement: Minister of the Environment and Housing

The public is advised that the relevant agencies of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing are aware of the issue detailed in the Nassau Guardian morning daily concerning the appearance of medical waste at the New Providence Landfill. We understand the danger that such occurrences pose to the workers and those who frequent the Landfill and to the general public. This matter has been brought to the attention of the Princess Margaret Hospital and is being addressed.

It should be noted by all that there is established protocol in the country for the disposal of medical waste that should be adhered to by all medical facilities, private and public. The proper disposal of medical waste is for the protection of everyone in the country. My ministry does not take this matter lightly. Presently, Bahamas Waste is the facility which handles the disposal of medical waste.

We must all work together to ensure that The Bahamas has a clean and safe environment for our enjoyment and that of future generations.

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