Six babies die in Kokstad

2017-05-26 06:00

ELEVEN babies were recently admitted to health facilities in and around Kokstad with symptoms including rapid breathing, swelling of the body, dry mouth, diarrhoea, vomiting, jaundice, collapsed veins, inability to pass urine and intestinal abstraction.
After examination and investigation into the cause of their distress, blood test results indicated liver and kidney damage, intestinal perforation, brain damage and lung and heart failure and of the 11, six died.

The babies had allegedly been given Madubula, Jik, Dettol, sunlight liquid, shoe polish, toothpaste and spirits, mixed with other ingredients, to drink allegedly by their parents, this to prevent illness such as ibala, inyoni and umoya.

This all came to light at a Sukuma Sakhe meeting in the Greater Kokstad Municipality council chambers attended by stakeholders and government departments on Monday.

Traditional Healers Organisation in Kokstad denies that traditional medicines are dangerous for infants. This comes after the Department of Health issued a stern warning about the dangers of using herbal medicine.

A statement issued by KZN Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo in September last year said many babies had been admitted to public health facilities with similar complications after being given herbal enemas.

Chairperson of the Traditional Healers Organisation in Kokstad, Mazulu Cubu said traditional medicines are needed for babies to cure ibala.
She said one of the signs of ibala is when the baby cries non-stop, which can be prevented when the mother is pregnant.

“Traditional healers can also treat inyoni and umoya, which can be seen around the baby’s anus,” said Cubu.

Kokstad Department of Health official are arranging meetings to warn the community about giving babies traditional medicine.

At the time of going press a spokesperson from the Department of Health didn’t respond to the Fever’s inquiry about the situation or confirmation of the same.


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