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.