Rubbish build-up at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

General rubbish has built up for weeks at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, causing a health hazard.

I visited the hospital this morning and saw piles of uncollected rubbish in black bags and also loose, with lots of birds pecking at it (see photos here and here).

Whilst medical waste is collected separately by a private contractor, the general waste is supposed to be picked up regularly by Pikitup, but this has not happened so it has built up to unacceptable levels.

I saw a Pikitup truck when I was there but the backlog will need more than this to be cleared.

It is worrying that the uncollected rubbish attracts rats and other vermin.

It’s another example of poor management by the hospital which should be especially careful to avoid health hazards.