Leading academics and surgeons have raised concerns about the country’s strict stance of not reusing some single-use medical devices, labelling the early discarding of some of these very expensive devices as not only wastage, but as a threat to the environment.

In a letter published in the SA Medical Journal, experts urge the country’s regulator, the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to reconsider its guidelines relating the use of these medical devices.

Prof John Lazarus, head of urology division of the University of Cape Town, and colleagues argued that in a country such as SA that battles with a shortage of essential medical equipment and surgical devices, the country needs workable solutions and one of them is the sterilisation of these devices. . .

Visit Sowetanlive.co.za for the full article.