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Sep 7, 2015

Rats Proving Difficult to Remove From the WRH

Peter Allen

The latest scandal at the Western Regional Hospital does little to boost the morale of those accessing healthcare services at the facility.  Not only is the recent incident another public relations nightmare for the Ministry of Health, but the infirmary has also seen a significant investment to eradicate the seemingly recurrent plague.


Isani Cayetano

“What are the immediate measures that can be put in place to prevent a reoccurrence?  I know that in April that’s when the first incident broke out about rat infestation at the Western Regional [Hospital].  What can be done now in the immediate short term to address this issue?”


Dr. Peter Allen, C.E.O., Ministry of Health

“Well, we started work on that immediately after we heard about this incident because of course we were of the understanding that what needed to be done was already being done.  We invested thirty thousand dollars in renovating and repairing the storage areas immediately after the last incident.  I’m not sure exactly what specific will be [done] this time but over the weekend and again today and tomorrow our public health inspectorate and the other officers within the Director of Health Services with responsibility for this are looking to see first of all how this could have possibly happened and then what exactly we can do right now to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.  The specifics of that I expect to have by the end of the week but I don’t have them for you today.”


Isani Cayetano

“Certainly an incident like this does not bode well for [building] confidence for those who may want to access this facility.  Are there any assurances as the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Health that you can give to the wider public with regards to accessing the Western Regional [Hospital]?”


Dr. Peter Allen

“Well, of course this is, we believe, an isolated incident affecting this child.  I really can’t understand at the moment how something like this could have happened within an incubator and this area, when I was at the hospital over the weekend, is one that is kept scrupulously clean.  What I can promise the public is that both the minister and all of his team take this with, I can’t imagine a more serious situation so this takes all of our focus and all of our efforts at the moment as we do whatever is necessary.  Really there is no particular budget constraint for this or resource constraint, whatever is necessary to make sure this doesn’t happen again will be done and will be done this week.”

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