NORWAY -- The Radium Hospital in Oslo is so plagued with rats that employees are encouraged to keep the toilet lid closed.
Oslo University Hospital confirms the rat problem to TV 2. In internal pages the Radium Hospital writes that the cause of the problem is work on the municipal sewer system "which leads to rats coming into the system."
- The presence of rats in sewage systems in all cities is nothing new. We are doing all we can to deal with the problem, says communications consultant at the Oslo University Hospital, Hedda Holth.
Along with the pests firm Anticimexs, the hospital has initiated several measures to reduce the problem.
The hospital reminds employees not to flush down food particles or liquid nutrition in toilets or sinks as this attracts rats.
They are also encouraged to flush before using the toilet and keep the toilet lid closed after use.
In the autumn, the Water and Sewerage Authority in Oslo finished the work that has been going on for the past three years. The authority believes this is not the reason for the hospital's rat problems.
- There is nothing to suggest that our rehabilitation work should have contributed to an increased rat plague. On the contrary, the pipes are now sealed, says communications consultant in the Water and Sewerage Authority, Tone Spieler, meaning it's a mystery how the rats enter the system and the hospital's toilets.
Would you go to the toilet at this hospital?
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