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Large stocks of clinical waste found on Wayamba shores

Residents and fisher folk on the Western shores of the Wayamba Province, reported sighting medical (clinical) waste along their coast. Those who inspected the waste said most items originated from India.

The Chairman of the Chilaw, Wattakalliya Fishermen’s Organization Sudesh Fernando said fishermen have sighted large stocks of waste in the deep sea towards the Indian side.

He said fishermen were facing difficulties in catching fish as waste gets entangled with the nets.

Residents in these areas complained that large stocks of medical waste were found washed ashore and expired medicines, bottles, polythene packages, syringes and surgical hand gloves were among them.

Residents who inspected the waste say when reading the labels in the bottles and instruments reveal that they are mostly from India.

Meanwhile, an officer at the Coastal Conservation Department when contacted said they have received complaints on the above matter and has launched a probe.

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