Couple of days after a 50-year-old woman was bitten by rats at GRH in the ICU, hospital authorities on Sunday swung into rapid action and ordered immediate cleaning of drains to check the menace on the premises.
“We have ordered the sanitary workers to clear the blocks in the drains which is expected to reduce or end the rat menace. Since the building is an old structure and frequent relaying works have increased the road level. Now the government has allotted to build new drainage system and revamp the existing one,” said an official at the hospital.
Muthulakshmi alias Rajam, the victim, alleged that she was bitten by rats while she was lying alongside her son Suresh in the ICU.
However, when the issue came to light the Medical Superintendent Vadivel Murugan along with the other doctors inspected the entire hospital premises and instructed the sanitary workers to place traps in all the wards and seal all the unused holes on the campus.
Vadivel Murugan said that food waste disposed of by patients, their attendants and other visitors was the prime reason for rat menace on the premises. Renovation of the drainage system would commence soon and all the holes would be blocked to free the premises completely of the rat menace.