NCRHA launches investigation into discovery of blood samples, syringes on roadside

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 20:00

The North-Central Regional Health Authority has launched an investigation into the discovery of blood samples and syringes found at the roadside in Mount Hope.

The NCRHA says it cannot understand how the bio-hazardous material got there.

The following is a statement from the NCRHA:

"Firstly, we would like to express our thanks to Ms. Deniece Jones for bringing the matter to our urgent attention via Facebook. 

After sighting the post, immediate action was taken and a team consisting of Occupational Safety and Health and Engineering personal visited the location. 

Upon inspection, we found heaps of biohazard waste belonging to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) positioned near the roundabout in the vicinity of the southbound highway.

Our present practice is that all our biohazard waste are placed at a secured location, known as the Bubble Site. 

It is quite difficult to understand just how four (4) neatly placed heaps of biohazard waste could have found themselves in such a place. 

We have a contractual agreement with a supplier for the disposal of such items from our facility.
Please be informed that our Security Department is conducting further investigations into what possible breaches there may have been and they will advise us on what appropriate measures can be taken to prevent a reoccurrence. 

Rest assured that we are committed to resolving this matter as we move forward in the interest of patient care."