Hospitals riddled with rats

A hospital is a healthcare institution providing a patient with medical treatment. Hospital is a place expected to be with utmost hygiene. But with recent news, it is evident that these places are not properly looked upon and the hygiene at these places is totally ignored.

Pest menace in hospitals has become a common sight in most of the hospitals across the country. From rats biting patients in ICU and dead bodies in the mortuary to bed bug infestations and food contamination through dead insects, the complaints about pest menace in areas of hospitals are on the rise.

Because pests pose a number of health threats through the spread of bacteria and contamination of surfaces, medical supplies, and equipment, ensuring that the facility remains pest-free is one of the major precautions needed to be taken by the hospital authorities.

Rodents in hospitals are a common sight these days. Rodents can enter buildings through almost any opening or crack larger than a dime. Once inside, rodents can cause structural damage as they are able to chew through wallboards, cardboard, wood, and plaster and through electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk of fire. Additionally, rodents defecate constantly and can easily contaminate any and all food and food preparation surfaces.

Let us have a look at some news articles pertaining to rodent menace in hospitals,

Rats nibble off corpse’s nose in Tamil Nadu hospital mortuary

Chidambaram: Repeated incidents corpses being eaten by rats, cats and rodents are reported from government hospitals in Tamil Nadu. In a latest report, it was claimed that a corpse kept inside the mortuary was bitten off by a rat.

Now, a 22-year-old Vaitheeswaran had allegedly committed suicide and his mortal remains were brought to Kamaraj Government Hospital in Chidambaram for post mortem. The corpse was kept in the mortuary after the post mortem. When Vaitheeswaran’s friends arrived at the hospital to take the body, they were shocked to see that his nose was bitten off.

When informed about the same to the doctor, they inspected the freezer where Vaitheeswaran’s body was kept. There was a hole in the freezer, defeating the very purpose. 

Just a month ago, at Coimbatore Medical College (government) Hospital, a video of cat nibbling woman’s corpse lying in the corner of the hospital ward had gone viral. 

Infant dies of ‘rat bite’ in Bihar hospital

Amarnath Tewary; THE HINDU │October 30, 2018

A nine-day-old boy died on Tuesday at a government hospital in Darbhanga district of Bihar allegedly after being bitten by rats. The district administration has ordered a probe.

“When we reached the hospital early in the morning, no nurse or doctor was around… we found that rats had bitten the baby’s hands and legs at several places… we immediately informed the authorities who told us that the baby was dead,” Phuran Chaupal, the father told local journalists in Darbhanga.

The hospital authorities said when the baby was admitted he was in a serious condition. “We admit that the hospital is infested with rats which we cannot control but there were no signs of rat bites on the baby’s body”, said a doctor posted at the hospital.

SHOCKING Hospital Apathy: Dead Body Bitten By Rats In ICU │August 9, 2018

A family from Damua in Madhya Pradesh was shocked when they found out that their dead 70-year-old relative who was a patient at a hospital had rat bite marks on the left eye. The family claims that the rat has bitten the patient in the ICU.

To keep rodents away from hospitals many ineffective control measures are used traditionally. These methods include use of rat traps which do not work once mechanical damage is caused to them. The hospitals are fumigated, which is a most dangerous method of pest control. Glue boards are used that can be dangerous if a patient accidently sticks to it. Rat poisons are used which are potential of killing the rodents and spreading the death diseases.

In a place like hospital effective and eco-friendly measures are necessary to keep these pests at a bay.

Is there such a solution available?

Yes, C Tech Corporation’s RodrepelTM is the best solution to keep rodents away from hospital and hence from human contact

RodrepelTM is a low-toxic, and low hazard rodent aversive. This product works on themechanism of repellence. It does not harm or kill the target species butgenerate fear or trigger temporary discomfort within the pests that keeps thepests away from the application.
The unpleasant experience with the product is imprinted within animal’s memoryand passed on its progeny. 

RodrepelTM is available in liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints and can be applied on interior and exterior of hospitals. The product is safe for use in patient’s room and operation theatres. The product can be used in the medicine storage areas to keep the pests out of these places. The kitchen and pantry can be painted using this product. The laundry area is dreaded with pests as well where this product can be applied.

The product is available in lacquer form which is a direct application. The lacquer can be applied on the furniture and other wooden accessories used in hospitals. It can be applied on already installed wires and cables, polymeric utility pipes and equipment used in hospitals. The product is compatible with most of the surfaces like metal, wood, concrete, polymer, ceramic etc.

The product available in the form of masterbatch can be incorporated into the polymeric applications like wires and cables, pipes, equipment and accessories from hospitals while they are manufactured.

Our newly developed product is in the form of a spray, RodrepelTM rodent repellent spray can be used by anyone and sprayed on the infected area. The product dries quickly and hence does not require much time to deliver the results.

The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, EU-BPR, APVMA, REACH and is FIFRA exempted.

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