RAWALPINDI - The administrations of three teaching hospitals have started relying on the stray cats to eliminate the rats from their premises after an incident in which a rat mauled a newborn baby in Holy Family Hospital (HFH) Labor Room 1 on Monday. In this regard, the administration of HFH on Tuesday set free some stray cats at Gynae Wards and rooms of doctors imparting duties in gynae wards to kill the rats.

Scores of patients and their attendants have been stunned after witnessing the sanitary workers of HFH pushing a big-sized cat in gynea wards to kill the rats. However, the cat could not pull out any rat and was thrown outside by a sanitary worker.

A sanitary worker who was not willing to tell his name, when approached by this scribe and asked as to why the cats have been brought inside the wards, said that the hospital administration had ordered them to catch all the stray cats roaming in hospital premised and to set them free inside the wards and doctor rooms to stumble on the mouse. Despite several attempts, Medical Superintendent (MS) Holy Family Hospital (HFH) Dr Fayyaz could not be contacted for his point of view on the unique type of step taken to eliminate rats from the hospital premises.