2 patients bitten by rats at Mumbai hospital
Pramila’s son Ratnakar said a diabetic patient in women’s general ward, Shantiben Shah, 55, was bitten by a rat on Monday.mumbai Updated: Oct 10, 2017 13:44 IST
After two patients, one of whom is a 62-year-old paralytic, suffered rat bites at Kandivli’s Shatabdi Hospital, local politicians urged municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta to take measures to curb such incidents.
Pramila Nerulkar, 62, was bitten by a rat on October 3.
Her daughter-in-law Sakhi said, “She started moving her head vigorously as she cannot talk after the paralytic attack. When I ran towards her, the rat climbed on the oxygen pipe and disappeared. The rat bit her near the eye.”
Pramila’s son Ratnakar said a diabetic patient in women’s general ward, Shantiben Shah, 55, was bitten by a rat on Monday.
After the BMC-run hospital failed to take preventive measures, the two families approached local MLA Manisha Chaudhary.
“The hospital administration asked us what more (facilities) you want for Rs10,” Ratnakar added.
Chaudhary said that she spoke with hospital administration and met Mehta on Monday. “Bedsheets in the hospital aren’t changed for weeks. There is garbage everywhere. Patients are forced to pay Rs50 to use the washroom, Rs20 to change clothes and Rs100 for a wheelchair which is unacceptable,” she said.
She added that she asked Mehta to take necessary action or face protests.
Officials from the hospital said they have written to the Pest Control Office of R South ward to control the rat menace. “Relatives of patients throw away food, which has caused rats to multiply. The rats have started making holes in the ceilings to get into wards for more food,” said an official.
Dr P Jadhav, chief medical superintendent, periphery hospitals, said they are taking preventive measures to control the menace. “We have set around 30 rat traps in the hospital and the PCO officers are also working to control the rat menace. We will issue advisories for patients’ relatives to maintain hygiene in the hospital,” said Dr Jadhav.