BuzzSouthAfrica gathered this odd info from an article written by the DA shadow minister of Health, Wilmot James. Addressing the Health Minister on the risk of health officials profiting from an illegal black market trading of human placentas, the shadow minister disclosed that the current market price for a human placenta ranges between R500 and R750.
Calling on the Health Minister, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi to enforce a regulation that limits the storage and removal of human placenta to one per storage bin, it was related that workers at provincial hospitals store more than one placenta in the removal bins only to later sneak away with the extra placentas for cash.
The article disclosed that the DA got to know about the malpractice at provincial hospitals from insiders in the health industry. As disclosed, “some hospitals put more than one placenta in the required storage bin, individual placentas cannot be registered as required under the Human Tissues Act.
“Missing placentas can therefore not be traced or accounted for and can easily disappear into the black market for human anatomical waste, where the current market price for a human placenta ranges between R500 and R750.”
Stressing that the DA will persist with this issue until medical waste “removal industry is managed in a safe, secure, efficient and accountable way and the biosafety of our health facilities have been secured.” The shadow minister pointed out that aside “the risk of fraud and corruption, the unrecorded disposal of human placentas constitutes an infringement on human dignity and public health.”
You may want to ask who’s buying the placentas and what they’re doing with the waste product from childbirth. Well, placenta eating has been practiced for many years all over the world as it is believed that it help mothers recover from childbirth and increases breast milk production.
However, the identity of the buyers of the human placentas in South Africa and what they are used for is unknown.