Joburg hospital where babies died violated patients’ rights

Approximately 13,000 babies are delivered at the hospital a year, translating into nearly 1,100 babies a month.

Jones said since the outbreak, the hospital had reinforced its hygiene management process and informed staff to take extra precautions.

But he criticised Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa and head of department Mkhululi Lukhele for what he claimed was a lack of communication regarding their plan of action to improve the situation at public health facilities in Gauteng.

He said it was disappointing that nothing was being said by the HoD about the deaths at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital. “The department is not forthcoming,” Jones said, adding that the SAHRC had requested a turnaround strategy from the department but that, to date, had not received any further information.

An outbreak of Klebsiella killed six infants at that hospital.

TimesLIVE reached out to the Gauteng department of health for comment and is awaiting their response.

Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) spokesperson Kevin Halama said staff shortages were a major problem.

“When we are talking about the quality of healthcare that is being delivered there are those instances where lives are lost unnecessarily because of the pressure that is on the systems.

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