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E Cape probes baby deaths report

2010-05-24 22:42

Mthatha - The Eastern Cape health department says it is probing a report stating that over a hundred premature babies have died at Mthatha's Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital since January.

Department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said, however, preliminary indications were that the infants had been referred from peripheral hospitals when they were already very sick.

Seventy percent of them had been exposed to HIV because their infected mothers had not taken antiretrovirals during pregnancy.

He said a team of three senior officials had been sent to Mthatha to investigate the report, aired on SABC radio, as well as a claim that ventilators were not working in the neonatal ward.

The team was expected to report to MEC Phumulo Masualle and superintendent general Siva Pillay later on Monday.

Masualle was expected to address a media briefing in Bhisho on Tuesday at 11:00.