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Rats menace at RIMS in Ranchi

Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) is facing more problems than it can handle. After having a hard time controlling an irate group of MBBS students who were on strike recently, Rims authorities are probably struggling to end the 'rat race'.

The problem took a serious turn after a local newspaper reported last week that rats bit off a patient's foot in the orthopedic ward. In fact, the rodents are everywhere inside the orthopaedic and paraplegia departments and other units in the basement.

Twelve-year-old Devika Rani, currently nursing a fractured arm at Rims, had to rush out of the toilet one night to save herself from rats. "They were huge and fat," she said.

Ishtiaq Ansari, another patients admitted in the orthopaedic department for over a week and who has to sleep on the floor, also complains of rats. "They nibble on any food and even attack uncovered tiffin boxes and plates," Ishtiaq said.

Patients say unclean toilets and garbage in and around the hospital invite rodents. Upendra Das Goswami, a patient at the paraplegia unit, said a rat climbed on his bed one night. "It is scary as we are restricted to bed," he said.

However, nurses and ward boys blame patients and their relatives, who "litter everywhere", for the problem. Higher up, Rims authorities completely denied that rodents exist inside the hospital.

"We launched an inquiry immediately but did not find any such thing," said Kumari Vasundhara, superintendent, RIMS. "The rats are nearly extinct as pesticide is sprayed at frequent intervals. But we are looking into the matter with utmost priority," she added.

A Rims official, however, admitted that the problem existed though a year ago. "But now, the pest control has done a good job in wiping out the rodent colony. But there can be a few left inside the compound," he said.

"Rodent problem is largely dealt at repeated intervals. From the latest non-toxic glue traps to toxic cakes, everything is used to keep them at bay," a Pest Control India (PCI) personnel said.

But all these hardly manage to allay fears among patients, who live with the problem every day and night. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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