The Management of Begoro government Hospital is appealing for the intervention of expert bodies to help it control several venomous centipedes which have invaded the facility and its wards ,three days now.
Several poisonous centipedes have invaded the hospital since Tuesday creating discomfort for patients and staff.The centipedes have flooded compound of the hospital and invaded almost all wards including theater ,Ear and Nose Treatment center,OPD,Maternity wards and Pediatric ward as well as other offices.
The invasion began on Tuesday but worsened on Thursday as the centipedes increased in numbers despite efforts by the Hospital to control it.The situation has become critical compelling nurses and some patients to join cleaners to continuously sweep away the nuisance centipedes whiles fumigation continues .
Even though, invasion of centipedes is not new to the facility as similar incidents have occurred some years ago,Hospital Authorities say,the current situation is extremely unprecedented . It is unclear what triggered the centipedes to invade the wards from the grassed compound.
According to scientists, centipedes are poisonous ,it hide in moist, dark and secluded areas during winter. They place eggs in dampened soil during summer or spring. As centipedes become adults, they grow a complete set of legs and extra segments. Most centipedes live for more than a year and some up to six years. Centipedes may enter houses and buildings, but they do not roam during daytime. They hide in damp areas around bathrooms, closets, basements and other sites typically infested by pests.
Speaking to ENA ,the Medical Director of Begoro government Hospital ,Dr.Richard Dodoo said ,management has sent SOS message to the Pest Control Department of the Food and Agriculture office at Fanteakwa District for emergency assistance .
Head of Nursing and Midwifery at the hospital, Millicent Anum explained ,the situation is obstructing health care delivery .Meanwhile ,some patients at the hospital say the animals are creating great discomfort to them hence want the centipedes controlled away from the hospital.