Kota (Rajasthan) May 17: Rats gnawed at an eyelid of a paralysed woman undergoing treatment in an ICU of a government hospital here early Tuesday, her husband has alleged.

Kota railway colony resident Devender Singh Bhati said doctors treating his wife's eyelid injury have admitted to him that the wound was caused by rat bites.

Thirty-year-old Roopwati has been undergoing treatment at the Stroke Unit of Kota's MB Hospital for the last 45 days.

The hospital authority set up a three-member panel of doctors to probe into the incident.

Following the incident, MBS Hospital Superintendent Naveen Saxena, in a preliminary report to Kota's additional district magistrate, said Roopwati's eyelid was nibbled at by rats at around 3 am as alleged by her attendant.

However, there has been no injury to her eye, Dr Saxena said in his report.

Roopwati's husband Bhati said that his wife has been undergoing treatment at the Stroke Unit of the hospital and was taken off the ventilator only two days ago.

"She can neither move her limbs nor speak following the paralytic attack", he said, adding that on Monday night, he had put a piece of cloth on his wife's face so that she could sleep peacefully without getting disturbed by light.

He said he woke up to his wife's sobbing at 3 am on Tuesday and on removing the cloth, he found her face covered with blood, oozing out of the eyelid wound.

Bhati said he immediately informed the duty doctor who said some insects have bitten the eyelid and administered primary treatment while another team of doctors dressed the wound on Tuesday morning.

There was a deep wound on the right eyelid and it was not likely to have been bitten by insects. The rats gnawed at the eyelid and doctors too admitted to him in the morning that wound was caused by gnawing by rats, Singh said.

In his report to Kota's additional DM, the medical superintendent explained that the hospital has been taking due care to keep the facility free of rats, cockroaches, bedbugs, mosquitos and other pests and insects .

The pest-control firm which has been given the contract for the job has been subjecting the entire hospital premises to pesticide treatment every month, Dr Saxena said in his report to the ADM.

But, as the hospital lies in the basin area of the Chambal river, a fresh order has now been issued for weekly pest-control exercise by the firm, he said.

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Mangaluru: Continuous rainfall in Dakshina Kannada including Mangaluru, is now posing threat to the low-lying areas with flooding if the rain continues for next few hours.

Incidents of wall of the houses and compound walls collapsing, have also been reported from several areas since Wednesday night.

Similarly, cracks were also spotted on the Maravur Bridge following which the Deputy Commissioner instructed the PWD Executive Engineering to visit the spot and inspect the bridge on Thursday morning.

Due to the drainage issues, several areas in Mangaluru including Kottara Chowki were experiencing water logging causing traffic jams and panic among the locals who fear flooding if the rains do not stop.

In several other areas, homes have also been inundated with rain water putting the houses on risk of damages. Residents in these areas were evacuated and were shifted to other localities temporarily.

The Deputy Commissioner also declared holidays to PU and Degree colleges due to rains on June 30. He also added that the decision on declaring holidays to schools and other colleges will be taken after assessing the situation in the district by Friday morning.