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.

  • saabnut - 2011-06-24 09:42

    RIP little ones. And catch a wake up, Health Ministry. Nothing gets done because all the fatcat, gravy train passengers use private hospitals, and it therefore doesn't affect them. A total disgrace. Why don't they stop buying heaters for rapists, murderers, molestors and hijackers in prison, and instead buy new incubators so that innocent little ones can survive to grow up and contribute positively to society.

      1gascan - 2011-06-24 09:54

      100% saabnut

      YasButIDunno - 2011-06-24 10:07

      Very well said my friend. And they should force the likes of Shaik and all the other thieving cadres to equip the hospitals properly using the money they stole from the taxpayers.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-24 10:55

      It will take a real electrician 30 minutes to fix each incubator. But they won't employ real electricians, only AA and EO electricians. - 2011-06-24 11:21

      saab.. so correct! shame, how could they let this happen? when will this end?

      motsokwane - 2011-06-24 13:22

      Saabnat, it's like you feel my pain.My people do not care about their own kind. Boasting about being in top positions is what they know best and driving big cars while they are staying in tin houses. Delivery and knowledge is zero.You try to come with an informed suggestion they will push you too far like you are know it all. If you come from overseas your years of experience are cut into half. Most of this top position occupiers do not know how to switch the computer on,let alone researching about the advanced health facilities on the market. My black brothers and sisters we are destroying ourselves and our country. Resign from a position if you are inexperienced,that is the best you can do for your nation, BACK OFF.

      saabnut - 2011-06-24 16:36

      @ motsokwane: your comment makes me both happy and sad. Happy, because I am relieved that a fellow South African sees the situation for what it is, and not only for what suits his racial or political preferences. It saddens me though, at how true the obersvations of an honest black South African are, whilst millions of his brothers continue to suffer, seemingly not sufficiently educated to see "your light"...

  • Ian - 2011-06-24 09:50

    R.I.P little babies, once again first thing that gets paid is medical aid, where are you juju, where are you anc, what you got to say, nothing, you bastards only promise when its election time, nationalize the government hospitals , lets see what big talk you are when you see what goes on in those hell holes, put your money where your mouth and fix public health care, as for me if i need assistance its straight to a private clinic, wont touch your crap with a yard pole

      GTA_Lad - 2011-06-24 13:09

      They are nationalised, thats why they are stuffed

  • crocoros - 2011-06-24 09:51

    It is very very sad that a country like South Africa hosted a world class event for the soccer world cup and wanted to prove to the first world that SA can be leaders in a first world country, when new born babies die of inefficent and insufficient hospital staff and equipment. I ask you why? Is it because their is no revenue generated by the birth of these babies. Shame on you SA government you are failing your people with basics like proper health care, emergency services and the list can carry on and on and on. Wake up you are a disgrace not only to the South African peoples but to the outside countries as well. I say Sepp Blatter would have had your heads roll if you didn't do as FIFA wanted, so I say those responsible for this horrific state of affairs, their heads must roll.

      saabnut - 2011-06-24 09:59

      Too true crocoros. The problem is simply that the heads DON'T roll. Instead they are redeployed to go and summarily destroy some other department or ministry, whilst blaming the "Legacy of the Past" for all the problems. Useless, useless, useless!

      Pixie1984 - 2011-06-24 11:03

      People don't matter to the Government, only what is in their wallets.

  • Jacques - 2011-06-24 09:54

    Viva ANC government viva!!! Surpress your own kind...keep on voting for them!!!

      Smindlo - 2011-06-24 10:01

      and menestas and their kids go to private hospitaals!!

  • Smindlo - 2011-06-24 09:58

    disgusting and very infuriating!!! just the other day Kader Asmal died in a private hospitaal and I asked why did he go to a private hospitaal and was labeled all sorts of ugly things!!! when will this ANC government start taking responsibility and using our tax money to improve public facilities that are used by majority? many of whom vote for the very same ANC kleptocrats!!!!!!!

      Worldwise - 2011-06-24 10:52

      Yor grandma speaks wakky. All hospitals were the same. They had a white and non white wing with the same equipment. Only the races were segregated. When the ANC took over they integrated the races and let all the equipment fall apart while the bedding and even the curtains were stolen by the new owners. Then they started with cadre deployment, AA and EO and the state of the hospitals is history.

      Kleinjan - 2011-06-24 14:01

      Who spreads this bullsh&t rumours about apartheid??????

  • lollie sue - 2011-06-24 10:02

    Do babies have to die like this for the so called government to act, this is ridiculous. RIP little ones.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-06-24 10:06

    Its so sad. What's sadder is that it could have been avoided! They didn't need to die. How .any more innocents need to die before Government health sector does something? And of course its poor management. He knew they had babies that needed equipment they did not have. Why didn't they try and find alternative?

  • Moi1980 - 2011-06-24 10:10

    Those poor parents must be absolutely heartbroken. My condolences to them.

  • Virginia - 2011-06-24 10:18

    I hope the parents of these children sue the socks off the government. I know money cannot replace their children but this is plain negligence. This type of thing proves over and over that these leaders or councillors do not have anytime or respect for the people of this country, what is a life it means nothing to these people. The Minister of health should be fired immediately, but then they voted this idiot government in for another 5 years then this is what they have to expect.

  • Wayne - 2011-06-24 10:19

    This country is like a gold plated watch. Looks shiny and new from the outside but the inside is nothing more than a cheap crappy immitation.

      schmerz - 2011-06-24 10:43

      SA was an economic superpower back in the day

      GTA_Lad - 2011-06-24 13:11

      Nobody cares about back in the day unfortunately man. It's backwards now and is getting worse

  • Amera - 2011-06-24 10:22

    Unbelievable! I really feel sorry for people who cannot afford proper medical aid and proper hospitals. The fact is most people, nowadays, including myself, can barely afford food! Sorry state of affairs...RIP, poor babies!

  • Sharon - 2011-06-24 10:33

    Rest in Peace little Angels. Deepest sympathy to the families of the babies. Right now itthe time for the Fatcats in the ANC to start practicing what they preach. No more private hospitals, no more salary increases, no more R1 000 000 cars or houses, that money must go to all the government hospitals. They must fix all the faulty equipment, replace the incubators in the NICU, fire all the slupgat nurses and doctors and get doctors and nurses who are really in the medical profession because they care and want to heal people.

  • tut - 2011-06-24 10:40

    But the Premier is using a hired BMW at R60,000 per Month so what if some babies here and there have to sacrifice their lives for the ANC's little pleasures in life. My ANC my vision my future except these babies' future was doomed from day one! Banana republic.

  • gizmo_bj - 2011-06-24 11:00

    find this SHOCKING!!! why does the government not transfer the incubators from the abandoned hospital in Kepton to those that need it, there is vital machinery there that could be put to use

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  • Fantasia - 2011-06-24 12:58

    Innocent children die again. Reading this makes me sick to my stomach. If they not thrown in a dumpster they die because of essential hospital equipment is not serviced or repaired. There is no doubt where the money goes to when it is not used for its intended purpose. RIP little ones, sorry our pathetic Health Ministry stole your lives before they even began!

  • motsokwane - 2011-06-24 13:37

    DR Motswaledi,what is going on? Do you really know who are the Ceo of the department you are suppose to be running?

  • ZACKIE - 2011-06-24 14:34

    the anc govt says there is nothing wrong with the hospitals the babies dies of natural causes..its winter..after all

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  • senkgisha - 2011-06-25 07:40

    May the souls of the little ones rest in peace and as for this f@@@@kdup ANC AN THEIR RAPE ACCUSED PRESIDENT MUST GO AND ROT IN HELL!!!

  • Jeanie - 2011-06-28 14:07

    This is terrible, it is someones child that you are not taking care of.... What if it was your beautiful FRAGILE baby. Dont you care. Or are you so numb to the deaths that you think it is okay. It's not okay. If you, even if you cleaned the floors, and knew that the machines needed to save lives wasnt working, why didnt you do anything.... In that case YOU ARE A MURDERER.... I hope you are punished. If it was your baby, would you have done more? So why didn't you then.

  • jock - 2011-06-29 21:55

    i wonder if the ceo Damaria Magaro can sleep at night.Four of the six incubators were not working and you still deny poor management.May you be cursed!

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