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It has been almost a year since San Pedro Town obtained an incinerator to assist the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II in properly disposing of their medical waste. The acquisition was made possible through the efforts of the business community, who via a fundraiser collected part of the money needed to purchase the equipment. In July 2018, two months after the incinerator arrived on the island, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) told The San Pedro Sun that it was going to build a facility near a five-acre property south of the island. This building would house the incinerator and a freezer for the morgue. However, no plans have been forthcoming for the building of this facility, and in the meantime, the polyclinic continues to dispose of their biomedical waste by either burying it or burning it in the open.

The San Pedro Sun reached out to the SPTC for an update regarding the building, but Mayor Daniel Guerrero was not available for comment. In the past, Guerrero has expressed his disapproval for the disposal of medical waste and even the practices of a few post-mortem examinations done in open air. “We know it is not the ideal method at the moment, but we have to work with what we have available,” he said. “But when we get the incinerator, the situation will be alleviated.” Guerrero described the facility to house the incinerator must be constructed within international standards, with proper drainage and the necessary equipment for it to provide the expected services.

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