5 premature babies die at Gauteng hospital

2011-06-24 09:32
Johannesburg - Five premature babies died this week at Jubilee Hospital in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, The Star reported on Friday.

A hospital source told the daily newspaper that the five babies died because they were not put into incubators and could not keep warm.

Four of the hospital's six incubators were broken, while the remaining two were faulty and do not regulate heat properly.

Two babies died on Monday, two more died on Tuesday and the fifth died early on Wednesday morning, according to the newspaper.

"Babies die here almost on a daily basis, and I think it is because of the cold. Something has to be done here immediately to save our babies," said another mother.

Gauteng Health spokesperson Dr Sello Mokoena said he was saddened by the babies' deaths and sent condolences to the families.

However, he said the hospital's CEO Damaria Magaro had denied that the five babies had died as a result of "poor management".

Mokoena said the deaths were being investigated.

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