09/30/2014 05:12 EDT | Updated 11/30/2014 05:59 EST

Saskatchewan hospital cancels 20 surgeries due to insects

YORKTON, Sask. - At least 20 elective surgeries had to be cancelled at a hospital in southeastern Saskatchewan last week due to tiny flying insects in operating rooms.

But a spokeswoman for the Sunrise Health Region says two of four surgical bays at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre have reopened.

Roberta Wiwcharuk (WITCH-a-ruhk) says the bugs were first discovered Sept. 23 and all surgeries for the rest of the week were cancelled.

Most of them have been rescheduled.

However, at least one patient reportedly requested to have his surgery done in Regina.

Wiwcharuk says the health region apologizes for any inconvenience.

"We wanted to ensure that we're putting safety first and we didn't want to compromise our patients in this situation," she said Tuesday.

(CJGX, The Canadian Press)