PLUS News has been following the progress of a petition forwarded to the KHMH Board of Governors and Public Health Bureau concerning usage of the – hospital’s incinerator to burn medical waste. Residents of the surrounding Caribbean Shores and Freetown residential area complain that the smoke from the incinerator blows through the area at night, carrying a foul odor and they are concerned for their health. Our research has found that incinerating medical waste is a no-no in residential areas without proper treatment. We sought out KHMH Authority’s chair Chandra Nisbet Cansino for comment and she told us that the hospital has taken pains to ensure safe use of the incinerator.
Chandra Nisbet Cansino – Chair of the Authority:
From what I know the issue of purchasing a new insinuator has come up, but this insinuator is presently working. It’s now a closed system insinuator, so you don’t have the smoke that comes out, that I think a couple of years we used to have. That is how it’s working. Fumes no longer come outside. We used to have a trail of fumes coming on top of where the insinuator is located. It’s now a closed system. So now everything is done inside. Really there is no harm to the public, as far as that is concerned.
If there was some kind of smoke emanating then it would be for allergy purposes, but that has already been incinerated, and so that is not a potential source for infection.
Nisbet Cansino promised to find out for us how the waste is treated before disposal.