The news of a rodent invading the incubator of an infant within the confines of the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan, Cayo District was viewed as appalling and disgusting; not only because of the germs and threat of disease that it poses but also because it happened at a medical facility. The Minister of Health, Pablo Marin has been silent on the incident while it was the spark of rhetoric within the House of Representatives yesterday. But with the Ministry of Health not doing proper public relations on the incident, the Area Representative for Belmopan, John Saldivar and Mayor Khalid Belisle seem to be quite concerned on the matter which was discussed during a meeting this evening at RECONDEV. Mayor Belisle spoke to Love News on their proactive approach to address the rodent issue at the hospital.
“I’m actually just now coming out of a Board of Directors meeting for RECONDEV here in Belmopan and it is a topic that we discussed. I will go on to say that it is something that Minister Saldivar the Area Rep for Belmopan and I have discussed, I won’t say significantly, but it is definitely something that is registering on both our radars at this point in time to see what we can do in terms of assisting the Western Regional Hospital. It is a Ministry of Health administrated facility here in the capital city but this is our home and so it is incumbent upon us as the elected leaders of this city to lend a hand where we can, to try to make sure that residents of Belmopan and the surrounding areas who come to the Western Regional for treatment are afforded the best possible care and for us to lend that hand in terms of eliminating these problems that are popping up now. City Council has recently undertaken cleaning and making sure that we are doing our part of cleaning the area around the hospital, trying to make sure that we are giving these rodents and pests as little breeding grounds and habitats as possible to go into the hospital compound itself and the buildings. Minister Saldivar and I are now committed to getting in there and assisting as best we can from the elected leader point of view.”
On April 27, 2015, a story was aired on rat infestation at the Western Regional Hospital and the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen had assured the media that action had been taken to rid the medical institution of their pest problem. But less than five months later, it turned out that the rodent issue was not eliminated as it was in early this month that the new born baby was bitten by a rat.