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Updated: August 30, 2012 08:31 IST

Drive against rodents kicks off

R. Sujatha
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A Corporation employee places a tomato with poison injected in it near a burrow at Kilpauk Medical College Hospital .Photo: K. Pichumani
A Corporation employee places a tomato with poison injected in it near a burrow at Kilpauk Medical College Hospital .Photo: K. Pichumani

Chennai Corporation launched an intensive programme to curb the rat and dog menace on Wednesday in the city, after being pulled up by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. A total of 240 teams, including sanitary officers, health and food safety officials, inspected hospitals, marketplaces, bus stands and godowns in the city.

According to the civic body officials, this intensive programme of eliminating rodents would continue for the next 15 days. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, 27 dogs were rounded up from the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children in Triplicane where the body of 12-day-old infant was found with injuries on her face on Monday. The pre-term baby had been declared dead by hospital authorities on Sunday evening and the body had been stored in a nearby room instead of being handed over to the family. The next morning, the family, hailing from the nearby Ayodhya Nagar slum, refused to take possession of the body as a portion of the face was damaged.

The family and other frequent visitors to the hospital said that dogs and cats had a free run at the hospital. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa held a meeting on Tuesday and issued a directive to the Chennai Corporation and other local bodies in the State to launch a cleaning programme at hospitals.

Corporation officials said they conduct such cleaning drives regularly but this time, a special intensive programme has been taken up. The officials are using pesticides like Ratol, which is injected in tomatoes or such food to attract the rats. The insecticide acts on the animal’s hepatic systemand damages its renal functioning. On Wednesday, officials were seen identifying rat burrows in the Government Kilpauk Hospital’s premises.

Hospital authorities blamed rat infestation on the poor hygiene practices of the visitors. Animals and rodents are attracted to leftovers and improperly discarded food, a health official said. On Wednesday, discarded food was seen near the neonatal ward of Kilpauk Hospital. Needless to say, there were also several rat burrows. Corporation officials said “rat fall” – the head count of rats killed – would be available around 11 a.m. on Thursday. Other animals would be subjected to the approved birth control programme and would not be killed.

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I appreciate ur comments on the post. i would like to add few things more.people should also follow cleanliness . unless untill we take a step, nothing is gonna workout. Educated people also need to be educated to maintain the cleanliness.

from:  Veer
Posted on: Aug 30, 2012 at 14:56 IST

All the pest problems start from outside and enter to the structural
premises like hospital. Rat problem increase during rainy reason as
they enter into the building during rain. The pests (dogs and rats)
will abound wherever they get food, water and hiding places for
safety. It seems the hospital has very porous boundary as twenty seven
dogs were caught within two days.
There should not be leftover food anywhere in the premises. It is the
duty of the hospital to maintain proper sanitation.
The rodents are omnivorous they can eat anything. They can bite human
beings and cause serious and lethal harm to smaller babies.
The hospital should take help of specialize Rodent Control and pest
Management Companies. Rodent control is an specialized job. It can
not be accomplished by just putting poisoned tomatoes. The important
things to do are to maintain proper sanitation, removing the foods
available to rats and making the hospital building rodent proof.

from:  Dr. Abdul Rauf
Posted on: Aug 30, 2012 at 13:39 IST

Government wokes up only when their inefficiencies are publicized.When some news comes like this, they react otherwise they fail to respond.

I hope Government should pay attention to basic things and try to achieve they go to public as expected.

People expect Good Roads, Good hospitals, Good Schools, Good Transportation, Good water, Good drainage system etc
Instead of focusing on freebies and hiking all the basic things, corruption can be reduced and the corrupted money can be leveraged

Government should understand, Public doesn't need world class amenities, they only need basic stuff. We feel proud when a rocket is being launched but why we are not ashamed when basic things are not met and the action being taken for the improvement.

from:  karthik
Posted on: Aug 30, 2012 at 12:43 IST

Cats and dogs have been ruling in Government Hospitals for a long
time. I once had to get treated emergently at Arakonam Government
Hospital while returning from Ooty due to food poisoning. The staff
treated me and my family well, but they could not do anything about
dogs and cattle in the hospital premises and raw sewage running at its

from:  joe
Posted on: Aug 30, 2012 at 10:15 IST
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