Patients blamed for bug infestation at Victoria Hospital

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Patients blamed for bug infestation at Victoria Hospital
Evidence of bug habitat on a furniture at Victoria Hospital.
Evidence of bug habitat on a furniture at Victoria Hospital.

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.

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  1. For all we know the bed bugs "may" have been brought in by the administrator herself. Did they find the first bed bug to arrive at the hospital? I find these statements mindless. they may be publicity stunts to show that administration is not responsible for anything which may be negative. Typical calculated position of the government. We are back to the brainwash era. An idea of communism which is to keep secret and deny.

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  2. I remember I was there once for a broken leg from a motorcycle accident & red ants were crawling on the wall and unto my bed and were biting me.It was late night,I couldn't move because of my leg & when I shouted Nurse,I could've heard a faint 'Choops' before she took her precious time to attend to me.

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    • Thank you. No one can ever tell the origination of bedbugs at a hospital unless the person told you they brought it there. I am sorry it happened and we should try to eliminate that asap. It is bad and it can happen to everyone. Its not about being nasty. It only take one person to carry it on their clothing and that can be a doctor, nurse or patient and family visiting. At this time it really does not matter. Fix the problem so it do not spread. Wise Ras that choops problem will put the nurses in some big problem one day. You should have reported the case when that happen. I appologise for that idiviual. Learn a lesson out of that to treat others better. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I've lived in New York for over thirty years and I have known of an institution that was infested with bedbugs. Please have a clear amd open mind and give advise of how to fight the problem instead of scorning. It is very true that the bedbugs may have originated from the patients or their family but it does not matter if is also a staff or a patient, we just have to work together to combat that problem asap.

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  4. these things has been going on for years now we are more a wear of it we have to understand the population is growing and we have more foreigners in the country

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  5. How can a HOSPITAL blame anyone for a bug infestation this is sad and disgusting. I currently live in Canada and see hospitals take inTHEE most filthy of em all and still observe impeccable sanitation procedures. Do they ot change sheets daily? No one from the cleaning staff noticed this before it became a news headline?! A HOSPITAL BLAME PATIENTS for an issue that is clearly their responsibility ... unfortunate sooo unfortunate...

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  6. You can tell that place is not cleaned to standards check out the fans and the ceiling over the fan ...layered with black dust .

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  7. That bed bug thing is becoming a growing problem in hospitals,schools, hotels in countries like UK and US. I will not blame patients but the so call cleaners. That thing is so difficult to get rid of but it can be done. VH stop blaming and start cleaning.

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  8. Many persons go to the hospital; patients, staff, visitors,etc. However, its more likely for the patients to have carried those bugs from their home. You have many persons coming in from all different types of homes. If whatever piece of furniture which the bedbugs were on, is being utilized by mainly patients , then it is most likely a patient who carried the bug. The number of persons who may have carried this to their home is also a factor which should be considered. Therefore, what the hospital should do in order to prevent such re-occurrence not only for bed bugs but everything else, is to conduct regular checks throughout the hospital, proper and frequent sanitation. Sometimes I do wonder how often the lobby area is being sanitized. I believe hospitals should be more proactive not reactive!

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  9. Though it may be the truth, I seem very insensitive. It seem like passing the blame. If that is the case or reason I would like to recommend that before you attend to a patient's illness, you must de-dug them.

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  10. So what are they going to do about the patients causing the infestation???.... strip and hose down each person coming in.

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  11. "Hughes said while the infestation was contained to just one area of the hospital" Who accesses this area??? STAFF ONLY. So how is the Patients. choopz tun.

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  12. I am so freaking mad at reading this article. how the hell can patients be responsible for the hospital bed bugs.

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  13. patients are not the cause of any bed bug at the hospital. the ministry and hospital admistration has to take full responsibility. the cleaners are doing the best under the conditions but the hospital has been neglected for sometime. whilst all the politicians beating the asses, these are the issues that are to be dealt with. we the patients just sick medical care which is so poor and yet you'll blame for bed bugs. choops choops

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  14. The only persons that should be held accountable is the cleaning crew. If the hospital is cleaned and sanitized properly and periodic bugs, rodents, etc treatment are being carried out this would not have been the case.

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  15. I've been there on several occasions that place is total filth. Give up for the staff of vieux fort the clean up really nice. Especially casuality filfy I tell you.

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  16. They need to stop the blame game and just get rid of the bugs, they also need to offer to treat the workers homes to stop the spread just in case they may have taken some bugs home. They also need to system in place through the ministry to help anyone on the island needing assistance with bed bugs, this is not something to take lightly, anyone who think they may have a problem should seek help. In the past people used to buy a fleet bomb at M&C, I forget the chemical used. Let's not the problem spread any further. Ask the Ministry of Health for assistance!

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  17. God forbid i Ever get admitted to that hospital. It screams untidy to me. People bring it to hospital from homes just as people get them from hospital and bring them home.

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  18. Perhaps patients were an easy scapegoat to blame for the infestation. The patients are not part of a "Patients Union" unlike the staff who would have taken offence and called the CSA or NWU to initiate industrial action.

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  19. @ in awe, I agree but, if that's not the case,how a hospital, whose job is also to clean furley everyday is infested with bugs?seems to me some people are not doing their jobs. and again are the workers getting dressed at their arrival to work or to they get dressed at home in their working attire?

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  20. It cud hv come from anyone. It jus needs one bug actually. I also hv a little infestation. I say little becuz i continuously check for them. One very inexpensive way to deal with them is to spray wit rubbing alcohol. It kills them on contact, eggs included. Dats the best way to deal wit them on a low budget.

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  21. how can patients are the ones?if your'll were cleaning there on daily basis it would not get to that stage stop blaming it on patients sake.

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  22. How can patients be blamed when the areas of infestation are not accessible to patients. Typical of human beings , pass blame on the one who cant defend themselves. Its obvious a staff member is responsible but there is too much shame in having pinez at your home.

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  23. That's just crap a staff could have brought that there. How are they so sure its from the patients? I say bullshit

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  24. Really?? How do patients get behind the cashier's booth?? I'm not saying patients are not the one but staff members could have possibly carried them as well.. Uall right tun, pass the blame!!

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    • How could they blame the patients. The hospital has a responsibility to ensure that the place is well kept and maintained and that such does not get out of hand. The fact that it has reached infestation level says alot even if they are very prolific. Its a shame that they would even imply that patients are to be blamed for such conditions.

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