Hospitals are expected to be as clean as possible since people come here to get treated for different illnesses, infectious diseases, and even minor wounds.
Of course, a dirty hospital would mean that patients might contract a different illness apart from the one that they already have. This is why when people see a dirty hospital, they immediately slam it and spread the word on social media.
On the other hand, a hospital in India went unnoticed for its unhygienic surroundings. It wasn’t until an infant died when netizens started to turn their attention to the hospital in question.
10-day-old baby Andhra Pradesh was rushed to Guntur Government Hospital to receive treatment for an apparent urinary tract infection. Unfortunately, the child died despite a successful operation. The baby didn’t die of any infections though. Instead, the newborn infant was allegedly eaten alive by the rats that infested the hospital while he was still recovering in the establishment’s intensive care unit.
According to Lakshmi Chavali, the infant’s mother, she noticed seeing rat bites all over her child’s body. She immediately reported it to the hospital’s staff but they just ignored her.
Lakshmi said “Rats had nibbled them [the child’s fingers] off.”
Despite the mother’s warnings, hospital staff seemed unfazed until things were already too late.
When the nurses checked how the baby was doing, the rats had already finished eating the child’s eye and right hand.
“My son was not killed by the rats but by doctors and staff at GGH. We suspected the danger a week ago. They were not bothered as they did not take us seriously,” Lakshmi lamented.
Chavali Nagaraju Babu, the child’s father, confirmed this incident and even claimed that a staff from the hospital told him that “he need not worry as [he has] another son” in an attempt to comfort him.
Dr. Venugopala Rao, Superintendent of Guntur Hospital, blamed the rat infestation on left-over food found in the facility. He said that in order to control the situation, they set up a rat mesh under the baby’s bed.
“We set up a rat mesh in [the hospital] soon after receiving complaints about the movement of killer rats. We did not expect that it will take this turn,” Rao explained.
Kamineni Srinivas, India’s Minister for Health, has ordered a thorough inspection of the incident and has already terminated the contract of the hospital’s sanitation contractor. Three of the hospital’s health officials have also been suspended because of the tragic event.
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