Syringes used for COVID jabs found improperly disposed of in Cebu City

Published July 19, 2021, 4:51 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – Syringes that were used for COVID-19 vaccination were found to have been disposed of together with other waste materials in one of the inoculation centers here.

The improper disposal is already being investigated but the Cebu City Health Department (CHD) said it was an isolated incident.

“We are trying to find out what happened but this is an isolated incident,” said Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, chief of CHD.

Photos of the used syringes were posted on Facebook by Ramil Ayuman, chief of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, on Facebook.

Ibones emphasized that there are protocols to follow in all vaccination centers when disposing of potentially bio-hazardous wastes.

The city has six vaccination centers that can accommodate 500 individuals a day.

“Actually, there are protocols for proper disposal. Someone is assigned to that. The risk management is also there but all the same, we will investigate the incident,” said Ibones.