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Clean up your act now, MMA tells hospital

The rodents are oblivious to human presence and would scurry on top of hospital beds, bedside tables and even baby cots.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association has urged Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) in Kubang Kerian to take swift action and stop the rat infestation in the hospital.

Its president Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan said rats were nocturnal animals and were only visible when they had become overpopulated within their confined space. “By then, their numbers could be in the thousands,” he said.

“How a hospital has come to this state of affairs is really shocking and appalling,” Dr Tharmaseelan said.

“This is embarrassing and shameful.”

He said the rat infestation showed that HUSM had low hygiene standards.

“MMA hopes the other hospitals, especially university hospitals, learn from this and not let rats take over their premises,” he said.

However, Dr Tharmaseelan said tackling the infestation at HUSM was not only the responsibility of the hospital but also that of the patients, cleaners and its surrounding community.

“The main cause appears to be food and rubbish being thrown around,” he pointed out.

“The ward pantries and kitchens are important areas that should be kept clean at all times. Likewise, the wards and toilets,” he added.

The prevention efforts should include covering garbage cans with tight-fitting lids, removing sources of open water and ensuring open spaces were free of trash, Dr Tharmaseelan said.

“Holes in the ground and walls should also be sealed and floor drains fastened to keep rats from entering through sewers.”

via Clean up your act now, MMA tells hospital – Nation | The Star Online.

Pest breeding grounds too close for comfort

KOTA BARU: For years the dirty environment around the food court, restaurants and hypermarket in a commercial area in Kubang Kerian about 30m away from Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital has been a breeding ground for rats.

The rat population kept increasing over the years and “invaded” the hospital via a series of underground burrows and sewage pipes leading from the university complex to the large monsoon drain by the road there.

Kota Baru Municipal Council president Fauzi Mat said that several steps would be taken to solve the problem, including exterminating the rats at source.

Fauzi also said that the council would educate the food outlets on the proper way to dispose of their kitchen waste.

“The collection of rubbish in the area may also be intensified to remove more garbage and food waste,” he added.

The hospital has been invaded by both sewer rats and common house mice, and the 2,800-odd university campus employees, medical students and nurses face the threat of contracting leptospirosis, caused by the urine and droppings of rodents.

However, there has not been any report of such cases in the hospital.

According to the staff, the rodents have infested the main cafeteria and pantries and also made nests in the thousands of square feet of suspended ceiling at the hospital.

There are also reports that the rats have started damaging the electrical wiring system on the ground floor of the hospital complex.

The hospital, which is accredited with the University Accelerated Programme for Excellence certification, was opened in 1983 on 72.84ha of land in the Kubang Kerian township.

It comprises a health campus, a teaching hospital, a cardiothoracic department and a dentistry school.

via Pest breeding grounds too close for comfort – Nation | The Star Online.

Give the dirty rats a good, clean fight

A council worker removes dead rats from the drains during a gotong-royong in Lebuh Queen on Saturday. Pic by Rudy Syareme Sheriffudin

WIPE THEM OUT: Eradicate the vermin and leptospirosis by stamping out their breeding grounds

GEORGE TOWN: FOOD outlet operators in the state are reminded to keep their premises clean and practise good  hygiene to prevent leptospirosis.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation chairman Chow Kon Yeow said dirty, unhygienic conditions were the main cause of the increase in the rat population and leptospirosis cases.

There have already been 38 reported cases of leptospirosis as of this month this year, compared with 40 reported cases for all of last year, he said.

He urged food outlet operators to adopt better waste management by separating their rubbish before disposal.

“They should adopt these practices instead of throwing their waste into the drain,” he said after launching the state-level gotong-royong and rat control campaign here on Saturday.

During the event, 300 volunteers helped to trap and destroy over 200 rats in Little India, Lebuh Pantai, Lebuh China and Lebuh Bishop.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry policy division under secretary Dr Aizi Razman Ismail, who was present, said a new guideline for rat population control would be introduced by the end of the year for the local authorities’ enforcement units.

Leptospirosis is a disease transmitted to people from animals. Infection commonly occurs when water contaminated by animal urine comes into contact with unhealed breaks in the skin, the eyes, or the mucous membranes.

Read more: Give the dirty rats a good, clean fight – Northern – New Straits Times

via Give the dirty rats a good, clean fight – Northern – New Straits Times.

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