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.”