Dumping of syringes on Laudat road worries residents

Syringes seen on the Laudat road

The issue of dumping of garbage on roadsides in various communities is nothing new in Dominica but for a resident of the Roseau Valley, her concern is not only about the garbage but its contents.

As seen in the photo above medical syringes form a major part of garbage that was disposed on the Laudat road.

The resident, who chose to remain anonymous, is concerned that chemicals from the syringes could be harmful to the health of persons in the vicinity of the site where they were dumped.

It is unclear what the syringes were used for and it is unknown who dumped them there.

The resident told DNO that the syringes have been there for more than a month and she has contacted the Environment Health Department at least five times to voice her concerns on the matter.

“I passed there yesterday and it was still there,” the resident said on Tuesday. “This is very nasty and I believe something should be done about that. Throwing garbage on the road is not good.”

DNO contacted Acting Chief Environmental Health Officer Tassie Thomas on Tuesday and she said wasn’t aware of the situation.

She explained that in terms of collecting such items, there are procedures in place at all Health Centres in which biomedical waste is collected.

“At all the Health Centres all over Dominica they have procedures in which they collect their biomedical waste, they store it at the Health Centres and they have special days the solid waste truck goes to the district and pick up this waste and bring it to the landfill,” she explained.

She theorized it was done by a private person.

“It could be somebody with their own private stuff because I can tell you for certain that no anybody picks up waste from the Health Centres. It’s only Solid Waste and they go with their trucks,” Thomas stated.

She went on to say that such waste on the road could not be from a Health Centre.

“I am sure of that,” she remarked.

Thomas said she will contact the Environmental Health Officer for the area and the matter will be looked into.

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32 Comments

  1. Love my island
    June 27, 2018

    I personally would just get my gloves on pick them up place them in a plastic container ..seal it and mail it to environmental health

  2. SN
    June 27, 2018

    The name of the individual should be on the insulin bottle so if the name wasn’t removed the person can be identified.

  3. Fishman
    June 27, 2018

    This is a serious matter!! Who ever did this should be arrested for illegal dumping!!! People, if you see something say something. The community must stand up and stamp out degenerate scum!!

  4. jamie
    June 27, 2018

    You make no sense woman,they are a health hazard and should be removed immediately.

  5. LaPlaine Observer
    June 27, 2018

    Regardless of how it got there, the environmental health agency should handle this since they are equipped to deal with biomedical materials. People should be informed on the disposal and handling of these types of hazardous waste. LONG LIVE DA!

  6. I'M NOT A PRIME MISTAKE!!!
    June 27, 2018

    :?: What a people! What an island! People of this island continue to prove themselves uncivilized! This is something that the smallest child should know about not littering and polluting the environment far more dumping Biomedical waste is a hazard to human’s health. There are diabetic patients who treats themselves at home,how do they dispose of the syringes that is used by them :?: Don’t they have a special container for such waste that they then take to their Health/ Medical Centers for disposal :?: So the rogues posing as government so the people! What a lost island and people!!!

  7. Man bites dogs
    June 26, 2018

    Someone is playing politice as usual ,Some people are so wicked and senseless black on black always been nasty to each other and whenever the white man says sit they sit without a word being said until they are spoken too.

    • Ibo France
      June 26, 2018

      Man bites dogs, this has nothing to do with politics. The person who did this should be made to pay a hefty fine and serve a lengthy sentence in prison for endangering people’s lives. This needs to be thoroughly investigated to track down the perpetrator.

    • Love my island
      June 27, 2018

      Explain how this is political ???? Please!!!!! I don’t get it ..maybe I’m just that stupid

  8. Tobby
    June 26, 2018

    It has to be a somebody with type 1 diabetes doing this ****, gross littering you call this and I need investigation into this matter soonest. That person should be charge for this.

  9. Shaka Zulu
    June 26, 2018

    Thats just plain disgusting and highly irresponsible. If the lady contacted environmental department they should have done a better job responding. Ministry of health should probably come up with a plan to take in old meds and other such waste from citizens for proper disposal in the future. Many people flush drugs and other meds down toilet that eventually make it to our water table, then streams, then into living organisms, and into food chain. These things are becoming a serious problem.

  10. marie-claire R Skerrit
    June 26, 2018

    Lord see salopness in Dominica. Who ever did this need to go to hell

  11. wow
    June 26, 2018

    these are insulin needles with insulin bottles

  12. derp
    June 26, 2018

    that’s a bio hazard right there… looks like it came from one of those private labs….

  13. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    June 26, 2018

    Dominica is really a backward place!

    Unless those things are for the use on Animals, houses, and donkey’s Cows ect., that exposes the backwardness of our people and country!

    Everything happens for a reason, I cannot believe that such needles are used on humans in the twenty-first century: Only in Dominica!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 26, 2018

      ” houses, and donkey’s Cows ect.”

      That should read “horses and donkey’s!”

      Used needles could be infected with the aids virus, a child or adult getting pricked by accident could contract any infectious diseases transmitted by such contaminated needles.

    • Danziger
      June 26, 2018

      Because you left 60 YEARS ago and you think is so.

    • Kermit
      June 26, 2018

      You sound like a fool as always. I was in the uk for 5 months and those same needles were used on me and I am sure these needles are used in America as well. All you in America like to bring down Dominica and its people but when all you come back in all you country. We looking better than all you, all you does even look old before all you time. We doing better than all you and we better of than all you. Get off your high horse. You are an upsetting and miserable individual!!!!! I would not want you around me at all way too negativity and hate in your heart!! Ew!!! Gross!!!
      Much

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        June 27, 2018

        I do not know where in England you were, but I lived in England: in Harlow Essex as a matter of fact. I was hospitalize and had spinal injections,  they did not use such animal needles on me, so perhaps you are liar, or so delusional you do not know what you are talking about!

        Do you know these days they are not  using breakable needles on humans anymore? You are backward, and shall be backward forever!

        Anytime anybody talk about Dominica, the poverty, and backwardness under people like you exists you come talking this crap about hate!

        Hate who and what? Guy you are an idiot!  If you go into that thing you call PMH at Goodwill, you will find people on beds you term “Iron Bed” Such crap are left over from the colonial days put there by the British in the 1950’s: in a modern world such garbage are not used in hospitals.

      • hello
        June 27, 2018

        People like Francisco maybe never even left their apartment in America. They just believe that once they reach America they better than other people. Man, gone are the days when people would come from foreign and give us ‘stories’. La Terre Eclerway…everybody travels to foreign countries these days, everyone has television and internet as well. So, stop with your nonsense about only in Dominica. I have lived and live in the US, and I know that many of us are living quite well here in Dominica compared to ‘some’ of our friends and relatives in the US.

        You cry down Dominica so much yet every article posted on DNO has a comment from you. Why do you even bother with Dominica so much? What have you done for Dominica lately?

      • The most High is watching and listening
        June 28, 2018

        That negative geriatric individual from Wesley. DNO is his only solace, the only platform where he can vent his inadequacies. Only on DNO can he come and bray about his non existent medical/engineering/business acumen etc etc etc. (Yawn). A jack of all trades but master of none! I refer to him as Walter Mitty. This individual is clearly living in a time warp. Always bragging about where he is residing as though it is Paradise, when we all know the reality! He is so delusional he actually believes that we in Dominica are impressed by his moronic ramblings! His diatribe about Dominica and its people merely reflects his state of mind. The fact that he always resorts to name calling and insults shows his lack of intellect and decorum. What a Blessing it was, the day he left Dominica.

    • Love my island
      June 27, 2018

      And houses need to get injected Why???? I really don’t like people like you ..always bad talking the country at every opportunity !!

    • DA Native in Texas
      June 27, 2018

      Francisco Etienne you are a real MORON! These are regular syringes being used around the world. Before you make such IDIOTIC comments verify your facts. That being said whoever did this must be suffering with a mental disorder to do such a thing, it’s sickening to the bone. The powers that be should be blessed to trace the person cuz for all you know their names might be laying in all that waste.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        June 28, 2018

        You  see  at the red rubber on the end of that whatever it is! Such are a cesspool for all sort of bacteria, and all sort of viruses. I challenge you to name any particular hospital in Texas, where such things are used; let me go in person and find out if your account is true!

        Unless, you can name the hospital in which they are used, and write your name to your lie, so that we know who you are, you need to just shut up!

        Such garbage are not used in America!

        And I can boldly say so using my name, when I go out into the streets people know who I am! Everything in Dominica is better. You all are backward, in America, they have Hazardous waste collectors in all hospitals, and clinics, doctors offices and all where such hazardous waste are stored, and are picked up by entities contracted to get rid of: In Dominica you dump it to harm people and the environment.

        Shut up!

      • Man bites dogs
        June 29, 2018

        That guy Francisco, Is the nastyest bxxxxxt and Lair on this planet earth, What ever it is Francisco, has done it and know it.

  14. Ibo France
    June 26, 2018

    This is definitely a serious health hazard. Throwing such biomedical waste at the roadside is an endangerment to the entire populace especially to those who have to frequent the area. The goodly citizen insisted that she reported this abnormality to the appropriate authorities but after a month the hazardous waste has not been removed. This is a damning indictment of that particular government agency and typical of this ruling regime in responding to the concerns of residents. I hope the waste will be removed by today and the perpetrator will be found and severely penalized.

    • Sisserou
      June 27, 2018

      How can ANYONE put a thumbs down on this comment? This is beyond me!!!

  15. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    June 26, 2018

    Unfortunately, we do not have an Environmental Department in Dominica. If we did, they would have been removed as soon as the complaint was filed.

    • Dominica to de Bone
      June 26, 2018

      True say ..Dominica is a lawless country… The middle is terrible of health needs environment should deal with that matter from the person reported it

    • June 27, 2018

      @Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers

      O what a long name that you have!

      And based on your conclusion above, did you stop to think that the picture might have been taken long before the person brought his/her complaint to DNO? It is quite possible that the syringes may have been removed from the site, but not from the photograph :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • google
        June 27, 2018

        as a matter of fact this picture could be another country.

      • Ibo France
        June 28, 2018

        Elizabeth, you seem to be a very irrational person from your comments. The concerned citizen stated that the syringes were there for over a month after she made her initial complaint to the relevant government agency. Any rational person would conclude that the removal of this potentially deadly waste should have been done with immediacy. The relevant public department(s) deserve a tongue lashing for their tardiness in dealing with the problem. Just deal with the facts and stop trying to create distortions. You may have a good command of the English language but your ability to reason rationally seems suspect.

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