Beijing, Mar 31: In accident which has triggered health scare in China, atleast 21 foetuses and corpses of infants were recovered from a river in an east Chinese city.
According to the media reports among the 21 bodies, eight had tabs with clinic code numbers attached to their feet, which confirmed that the bodies were from Jining Medical University Hospital.
A local newspaper reported that cleaners from local hospitals may have dumped the bodies.
Hospitals consider such bodies as 'medical waste'.
Meanwhile the spokesman of the Jining Health Bureau said that investigation into the incident is on.
"The hospital medical staff involved have been suspended from their work as the investigation into the incident is on," said Zhong Haitao, a spokesman at the Jining Health Bureau.
Haitao said that the 21 bodies were fished out by local residents and firemen on Mar 30 after they were found under a bridge spanning the Guangfu River in the outskirts of Jining.
Meanwhile, Municipal Environmental Department ruled out contamination of water based on the recent tests conducted with major water indicators.
Reports said that the river does not figure in the list of city's drinking water sources.