When Pests Invade: The Serious Threat of Infestations in Hospital

Pest infestation in hospitals is a serious issue that can compromise the health and safety of patients, staff, and visitors. Pests such as rodents, insects, and birds can carry diseases and contaminate surfaces and equipment, which can lead to the spread of infections.

Hospitals should have a pest control program in place to prevent and manage infestations. This program should include regular inspections, monitoring, and sanitation practices to eliminate pest habitats and food sources. In addition, hospitals should work with licensed pest control professionals who can use safe and effective methods to control pests while minimizing the risks to patients and staff.

Preventative measures that hospitals can take to reduce the risk of pest infestation include:

  1. Maintaining a clean and sanitary environment, including regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and equipment.
  2. Properly storing and disposing of food and waste.
  3. Sealing cracks and gaps in walls, floors, and ceilings to prevent pests from entering.
  4. Using screens on windows and doors to keep out flying insects.
  5. Proper measures to prevent bird infestation
Rats Nibble At Patients At Bengal Govt Hospital, Video Goes Viral

16th February, 2023

In the viral video, rats can be seen nibbling at patients lying on the floor of a Government-run hospital in West Bengal’s Malda.

The shocking reality of West Bengal’s healthcare came to light in a video accessed by Republic Bangla. In the video, rats can be seen nibbling at patients lying on the floor of a Government-run hospital. Patients can be seen on the floor of the Malda hospital and rats seem to have infested the entire ward. The video is believed to be from Wednesday.

On being questioned about the presence of rats at the hospital, superintendent Puranjay Saha told Republic Bangla that rats are going to be everywhere. When reporters said rats are riding up patients, he said: “I will ask the assistant super and see what can be done. We do run a pest control programme. I have to ask around.” He added that the hospital has taken measures to control rodents and pests.

Cockroach found in 4-year-old patient’s meal at AIIMS, hospital initiates probe

Published on Nov 15, 2022

The alleged incident occurred on Sunday, after the child, who suffers from Hirschsprung disease — a condition that affects the large intestine and causes problems with passing stool — was served a meal after he was operated upon

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has found itself in the middle of another controversy involving the quality of meals being served at the institute after the family of a four-year-old patient allegedly found a cockroach in a meal served to the child.

The alleged incident occurred on Sunday, after the child, who suffers from Hirschsprung disease — a condition that affects the large intestine and causes problems with passing stool — was served a meal after he was operated upon.

“After the surgery, the doctors told us to give him only semi-solid food. So I asked the staff to give me a bowl of dal. When I gave him the first bite, I found parts of a dead cockroach in it. I made my son spit out the bite immediately,” said the child’s mother, a Noida resident who wished to remain anonymous.

“I am grateful to the doctors here because they have been there for us for the last two years, but food safety is a big concern. I panicked and alerted the hospital authorities and they assured me that they will take the strictest action in the case,” the mother said.

Responding to allegations, the AIIMS administration said, “Hospital authorities have taken a serious note of the incident and are investigating the matter.”

This is not the first time that there has been a complaint about the sub-standard quality of food being served at AIIMS.

Between August and September, two separate incidents occurred where poor quality of food was served in the resident doctors’ canteens of the institute. After complaints were circulated on social media, teams from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) conducted inspections and several samples failed the safety test.

Following the FSSAI tests, the AIIMS administration had directed the closure of a resident doctors’ hostel mess and a cafeteria.

In the event of a pest infestation, hospitals should take immediate action to address the problem. Commonly used pest control measures may include using traps, baits, or insecticides to control the pests, as well as implementing structural modifications to prevent future infestations. But how viable are they? And more importantly how safe are they?

It is important for hospitals to take pest infestations seriously and to have a plan in place to prevent and address them. By following best practices for pest control and working with licensed professionals, hospitals can ensure a safe and healthy environment for patients, staff, and visitors.

So is there such a solution available?

Yes, C Tech Corporation’s RodrepelTM is the best solution to keep rodents away from the hospital and hence from human contact. Another product, TermirepelTM is an insect aversive repellent while Combirepel™ is all in one, rodent, insect and bird aversive repellent.

RodrepelTM is a low-toxic, non-hazardous, and rodent aversive. This product works on the mechanism of repellency. It does not harm or kill the target species but generate fear or trigger temporary discomfort within the pests that keep the pests away from the application. The unpleasant experience with the product is imprinted within an animal’s memory and passed on its progeny.

TermirepelTM is made with a mechanism such that, the product temporarily blocks the mating cycle of these insects and causes feeding disruption by creating discomfort within the insects. The product weakens the ability of insects to reproduce which means, female insects will not lay eggs and laid eggs will be infertile. The product disturbs the release of vital hormones which are essential for insects to grow. 

These products are available as liquid concentrate, lacquer, masterbatch, aerosol sprays, etc. The liquid concentrate can be diluted in paints and can be applied on the interior and exterior of hospitals. The product is safe for use in the 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 available in lacquer form is a direct application product. The lacquer can be applied to the furniture and other wooden accessories used in hospitals. It can be applied to 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.

The ready to use spray is an easy to use product, it is an aerosol spray that can be sprayed on infested areas, or areas susceptible to infestations in order to prevent pests from entering.

The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, REACH, APVMA, NEA, BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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