- 5 babies passed away from an infection they picked up in the Thelle Mogoerane Hospital
- The Democratic Alliance discovered this tragedy after they investigated the hospital after 2 babies passed away from the same infection earlier
- The hospital's CEO has since been placed on special leave and a team from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases is trying to find the infection's source
The Democratic Alliance have found that 5 more babies passed away from antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella at the Thelle Mogoerane Hospital.
The Ekurhuleni hospital has since shut down some of its wards as it is having difficulties to locate the source of this bacteria.
This comes after it came to light 2 weeks ago that 2 out of 7 babies infected with Klebsiella passed away at the hospital.
IOL News reports that 11 babies were infected with Klebsiella of which 5 have passed away at the hospital in Vosloorus.
The first reported death was in July and the other babies passed away in August. The babies were all prematurely born.
The other infected babies have been placed in isolation to prevent spreading the infection. The labour and neonatal wards have been treated and patients moved to other hospitals.
Jack Bloom, DA Gauteng MPL, gave the hospital a visit after he was informed about the 2 babies that passed away from the infection.
Bloom says it is disturbing and worrying that so many babies passed away from an infection that could have been prevented. He added that the hospital needs new leadership.
The Gauteng Health Department placed the hospital's CEO on special leave because she ignored the staff's warnings that the neonatal ward was overcrowded and at risk of increasing infections.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Dr Jatin Ganda is now taking care of things at the hospital until an acting CEO is appointed.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has a team that is trying to find the source of the infection's outbreak.
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