CAIRO: Cobra snakes were found loose in a medical unit in north of Egypt causing panic among residents of Metoubas city, Youm7 reported Thursday.
The unit will be closed for a week until Kafr el-Sheikh governorate veterinary authorities get rid of all snakes, Mayor of Metoubas city Ali Abdel Sattar told Youm7. Heavy security and guards were assigned outside the unit to maintain protection of the residents, he added.
Sattar noted that the snakes come from a nearby fruits farm at night and leaves before the daylight.
The eggs that the snakes eat will be poisoned by injecting them with strychnine, a deadly pesticide.
It is not the first time snakes were found at hospitals in Egypt, as in June, a Facebook page created by a number of doctors circulated pictures reflecting extreme poor conditions of many government’s hospitals, with stray cats, garbage, stained beds and snakes found inside the facilities. The pictures raised harsh criticism against government, after the campaign extended to slums and poor areas all over the country.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Soliman from Kafr el-Sheikh