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Hospital wastes found floating in waters off Lapu-Lapu City


Hospital wastes were collected by authorities in the waters off Barangay Poblacion in Lapu-Lapu City.

According to Tina Panganiban-Perez's report on GMA's "24 Oras" on Thursday, sacks of floating biomedical wastes including dialysis tubes, dextrose hoses, blood bags, and sputum containers were found along the coast.

Similar infectious wastes from hospitals were likewise found in Barangays Ibo, Pusok, and Pajo.

The city health and environmental officers segregated the rubbish upon collection.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza has already ordered an investigation on how the hospital wastes ended up in the waters.

Medical institutions that were suspected to be possible sources of the wastes were given five days to answer the notice sent by the local government.

In the meantime, residents were temporarily prohibited from swimming and fishing in the waters which may have been contaminated. —Dona Magsino/LDF, GMA News