The management of Victoria Hospital hosted a sensitisation workshop today for the staff of the admissions and cashiering departments on the recent bug infestation.
Programme Manager of the Integrated Vector Control Unit within the Ministry of Health, Reynold Hewitt, said the workshop educated the staff about the bed bug and its characteristics and what can be done to protect themselves from taking the bug home.
Hewitt believes the infestation may have started with patients.
He further explained that bed bugs are fast multipliers and reproduce at least two eggs daily, totaling to 200 or more per year, which leads to infestation.
Hewitt explained that bed bugs are becoming a growing concern in St. Lucia and advised that persons pay keen attention to their homes and take responsibility in eradicating the issue.
He said the hospital’s move to have it treated is credible and it’s a positive action towards containing the issue.
Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Victoria Hospital, Jeanette Huges, said while the issue is under control, management of the hospital still saw it necessary to educate staff from the affected departments about the issue.
“Management felt that it is important to relate their fears and empower them about the bed bugs and how they can be treated,” she added.
Hughes said while the infestation was contained to just one area of the hospital, members from other departments were present at the workshop to learn how to deal with the issues, if it arises again.
The environmental health department, she added, has managed to have the bug infestation under control, however she explained that greater efforts have been placed on treatment rather than the source in order to have the affected departments return to normalcy.