A doctor in a super-speciality hospital in Thane, near Mumbai, stopped his surgery mid-way when he spotted a cockroach in the operating theatre (OT) and asked his assistants to carry on with the operation of repairing the fractured leg of a 45-year-old man, Dr Sanjay Baranwal, senior orthopaedic surgeon, took a video of the creature for future reference, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror.
Cockroaches are a daily part and parcel of Indian households, people have noted seeing cockroaches even in airline foods, but to have a cockroach in the operation theatre is a life hazard as the crawling creature might pass on some serious infection to the patients.
Dr Baranwal claim that the presence of cockroaches at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital is not unusual and that he himself has had made several complaints to the management about the same. The Dean of the hospital assume that these insects could have got in attracted by the waste lying between the operation theatre and the intensive care units. However, she did not comment on the video shared by Dr Baranwal to highlight the pathetic condition of healthcare in the hospital.
According to guidelines laid down by the World Health Organisation, OTs have to be disinfected and fumigated at least once a week. In the 500-bed Thane hospital, only one of the four modular OTs is operational due to shortage of staff for maintenance. The effect of such neglect has been showing for a while. According to Dr Baranwal, about 25 percent of the patients at the hospital ended up catching infections after undergoing surgery.
As per the latest update, the OT in question still hasn't been fumigated even though Dr Baranwal sent the cockroach video to the hospital authorities.