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Thursday, September 17th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Reports have surfaced of a snake attack inside the Western Regional Hospital grounds in Belmopan nearly two months ago, western regionalin which a nurse walking to the quarters on the hospital grounds was bitten by a non-poisonous snake in her left ankle.

According to 7 News, the incident occurred on July 26, as the nurse was returning to her quarters after a late shift. She immediately returned to the hospital for treatment and a series of blood tests were returned normal, indicating no presence of poison.

The nurse has made a complete recovery but the reputation of the hospital has taken another blow following the incident involving a rat biting a premature infant inside an incubator a few weeks ago and before that a rat infestation inside the pantry.

The 40 year old hospital, established in the earliest days of the new capital now has cracks and openings where rats can squeeze in. So too does the nurse’s quarters which has openings through the roof and windows where rats and snakes can slip in and inside there are storage spaces with a lot of junk where snakes can lurk.

Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Health Claudette Dakers Norales told 7 News that works have already begun to clear out and clean up the quarters and that they are working on securing another grant from the EU to repair the place.

The quarters are occupied at this point by nurses on shift who can’t go home due to transportation issues, and nurses from Medical Mission Groups.

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