Hospital infested by bugs, employees complain

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Hospital infested by bugs, employees complain
Evidence of bug habitat on a furniture at Victoria Hospital.
Evidence of bug habitat on a furniture at Victoria Hospital.

Employees at Victoria Hospital have complained of an infestation of bed bugs and other bugs at the institution.

St. Lucia News Online (SNO) responded to complaints received early Monday (Sept. 22) by calling the hospital’s executive director for a comment. She was reportedly not available and SNO calls for this and other stories have not been returned to date.

A staff member said: “The Admissions/Cashier Department is full of bed bugs and the bosses expect us to work in that state.”

SNO was told that the affected departments were sprayed last week and another round of spraying is scheduled for this week.

“The place was sprayed Friday I was told, but up to last night bugs were still sighted,” the employee added.

Union officials have criticised the maintenance of the hospital, saying more needs to be done to secure a healthy environment for workers and patients.

Workers told SNO that bugs take over food and medicine supplies in some cases.

 

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  1. I wish these pinnez could be trained to bite certain patients...y doesn't tapion have issues?.. cus u have to pay....but yall goin to vh and st.j on freeness ting owing the hospitals how much money...but yet still we expect top class service

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  2. What I don't understand is why we blame the ministers or the PM for everything. Persons are hired at the institutions and are given the task to maintain the institutions. A major lack in our islands is maintenance. We do not perform preventive or predictive maintenance. Not on buildings, equipment as requested. Only corrective. This must stop!!!!!!!
    In addition, a proper systems manager should be hired for the hospital, not just a job handed to a nurse, to ensure that proper health and safety procedures are followed and other procedures are in place. For example, if a rigorous pest control system was in place, the hospital would be treated systematically, every 6-8 weeks and not only when the problem has magnified to such an extent.
    As professionals we must take responsibility. Hopefully this is tackled and will not present itself at our other health institutions, government offices, etc.

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  3. What I don't understand is why we blame the ministers or the PM for everything. Persons are hired at the institutions and are given the task to maintain the institutions. A major lack in our islands is maintenance. We do not perform preventive or predictive maintenance. Not on buildings, equipment as requested. Only corrective. This must stop!!!!!!!
    In addition, a proper systems manager should be hired for the hospital, not just a job handed to a nurse, to ensure that proper health and safety procedures are followed and other procedures are in place. For example, if a rigorous pest control system was in place, the hospital would be treated systematically, every 6-8 weeks and not only when the problem has magnified to such an extent.
    As professionals we must take responsibility. Hopefully this is tackled and will not present itself at our other health institutions, government offices, etc.

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  4. It should be expected in a public facility like a hospital or school where people frequent would be exposed to such pest. Its necessary to have an action plan. However, I know bed bugs are masters of survival and removing and destroying them is hard. Few spray sessions may not be enough, you need to constantly be inspecting for the signs be thorough.

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  5. This is very creepy! I can understand isolated bugs but the pics shown here is an infestation of bugs - why it is that it has not been dealt with before it gets to that? VH is the low and middle income medical facility - what is going to happen? This is alarming and frightening.When one is admitted are those responsible going to examine the bed and mattress you lie on? Or is the chance that your hair can become infested with bugs especially if you are helpless. Wake up Ministry of Education - Please act fast.

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  6. I have been to certain houses and refuse to drink water or even sit down on the dirty sofa, The house's so filthy u wonder how people are able to live in there? So who's fault is that the house holder or the goverment? I know your answer already. Kenny

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  7. St lucians are too quick to jump into politics,Everything is politics, Some of you running woman all weekend come monday no petrol in you all car Aa aa economy but u forgot that you have used the petrol money on the hairy bank boom kenny's this king is that.Lucian's GROW up bugs are every where some of you writing those comments i know you very well your house have PEENEZZ don't clean it politics will clean it 4u

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  8. Politics in everything for lucians. Y do't we try and fight the problem sometimes the person who said if uwp was there we had our hospital, it could be from their home it come from. These things are easily spread. My last son was admitted at v.h about 4yrs ago with dengue and i had to throw all his things because it was infested with those little roaches. Just remember we have all kinds of characters admitted in the hospital so do not blame the government. We need to stop dat and blame ourselves and pray we get sorted out

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  9. Well said "wam there" its doesn't matter how they got there anywhere can have it, u cud get it on a bus whiles travelling! Important thing is what will be done!

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  10. Oh well if we all feel d government sucking and biting us like PINNEZ aa beh look it d real ting joining in coz we been shouting HURT IT so d pinnez heard loud an clear I guess is kill it

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  11. To every costumer, employee and patient that fall victim to Victoria Hospital's epidemic bed bugs incident at they home, can call this #(758)-714-3878........this is a solution that can't be bought at the pharmacy but prescribed by your local practitioner

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  12. You all blaming every one except the probility u c when people go to the hospital and they pee themselves on the bed and its not cleaned on time and properly this is what happen alot of times u c the maidward or cleaner sitting by the emergency area where the ambluance enters just talking and the place in a mess even in the waiting area it is a shame
    i think if you have a job you should take pride in doing it

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  13. persons who come into the hospital to see the doctor are those who bring in the bed bugs from their homes
    the linen aand towels that they sometimes bring thei elderly and sick family memebers in are infested with bed bugs half the time .its a public hospital vagrants working class rich poor all walks of life come there so.................................

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  14. Don't be shameless. The report was not meant to place blame on management or anybody for bringing in bed bugs to the hospital. The question is now that it is infested what are the officials doing to remedy the problem.

    Are we going to try to blame somebody for bring or not bringing chykungunia into St. Lucia? No. the question is what are the officials doing now that it is here?

    Its amazing where this blame and shame attitute has brought us. People exhibit the most ignorance in trying to extricate the government of any responsibility to do its work.
    Come on party hacks give us a break for the Christmas!!!

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  15. This is no laughing matter. This can become an epidemic as bed bugs can attached to the clothing or personal items of the employees and others who frequent the area only to spread to persons homes and breed thereby becoming an even more disastrous issues. It is shameful that government officials have access to numerous allowances -travel, leisure, etc. in addition to their hefty paychecks all while they do nothing. The men and women on the front lines are forced to endure deplorable working conditions and these nuisances get away with murder. It is about time for all St. Lucians regardless of political affiliation to demand that ministers of government live up to their duties or be impeached. Alvina- you should be ashamed! Kenny-Poor excuse for a leader!

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  16. the bugs didn't walk to the hospital, they were brought by some crazy case that came to seek medical attention.

    And while the ministers are sitted on their comfortable chairs (which are changed biannually) in AC comfort, VH staff have to sit on broken down, peeneez infested chairs and still they want to cut you salary and the general public no gratitude

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  17. The Minister of Health have no time to see about bugs in the Hospital her time is taken up to see about. Destroying the livelihood of Babonneau people by selling the booths which were built to assist Babonneau central people.

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  18. We have a Minister of Health who does not care about anything or anyone to do with health. Come on Ms Minister you can dress up pweety to address these causes

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  19. I was wondering why my hospital baby bag had one bedbug when i came home from the hospital..i accused my mom of having bugs in da house...lol...oooopss ...sorry mom hahahah

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