Baby deaths decline at Sebokeng Hospital

2013-01-11 16:06

Johannesburg - Baby deaths at Sebokeng Hospital in Vereeniging have declined by 25% over two years, the Gauteng health department said on Friday.

"The department acknowledges that the death of even one child is a matter of great concern; however, there has been a 25% decline in the number of babies dying at this hospital since 2010," spokesperson Simon Zwane said.

He said in 2010 there were 216 deaths compared to 161 in 2011, and 158 deaths in 2012.

"This means that there was a 25% decline between 2010 and 2011 and a further 2% decline in 2012."

Zwane was reacting to the Democratic Alliance's complaint on Thursday that 158 babies died at Sebokeng between January and November 2012.

DA MPL Jack Bloom said according to a reply from Health MEC Hope Papo, 80 babies died related to being premature, 56 of neonatal sepsis, 16 by birth asphyxia and six by congenital abnormalities.

Bloom said no disciplinary action has been taken in connection with any of the deaths.

"Concerned staff at the hospital say that some of these deaths could have been avoided with better care."

Some doctors at the maternity unit were allegedly doing private work when they should have been at the hospital assisting births, Bloom said.

Zwane said the decline was attributed to a number of interventions that the department had implemented to improve the survival rate of young babies.

He said basic antenatal care training, a World Health Organisation strategy, was conducted in all districts last year to upgrade the skills of nurses.

The programme aims to ensure that all women receive focused antenatal care visits.

It also emphasises routine care such as nutrition, safe sex and referral of women with high risk pregnancies.

Zwane said to improve care during labour, training on use of the partogram (for recording and monitoring data during labour) and neonatal resuscitation was conducted for 295 doctors and 1010 nurses throughout the province.

Kangaroo mother care units (where there is skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby) were also established in 23 hospitals, with Sebokeng Hospital being the first to offer this service.

He said the department would continue to implement measures to reduce the number of babies dying in the province.

"This will include a campaign to encourage mothers to book antenatal visits within 12 weeks of pregnancy, accompaniment of doctors by consultants during ward rounds, and the recruitment of suitably qualified doctors and nurses," Zwane said.

  • willem.myburghdebeer - 2013-01-11 16:12

    Unacceptable to say the least!!!

  • Shane Kelly - 2013-01-11 16:22

    There should be no deaths you're playing with humans not dolls.

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-11 16:29

    This pathetic situation should never have happened. This is so typical. The ANC and their feebleminded policies cost lives but their supporters are too stupid to realize. Cudo's to the big bad apartheid regime, at lease this crap never happened on their watch.

  • mack.attack.9678 - 2013-01-11 16:32

    Declining? There shouldn't be any in the first place. Good effort in acknowledging the problem and working towards eradicating it though...

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2013-01-11 17:33

    That's 13 baby deaths a month!!! And they want a standing ovation for bringing it down from 18??? How primitive and utterly unacceptable!

  • gary.landman - 2013-01-11 17:43

    What they do not mention is the number of patiens during that decline.. Probably the decline is due to less patients at the facility because of the high death rate.

  • itumeleng.nhlapo.3 - 2013-01-11 18:53

    Its high time for people to know every thing about @ Sebokeng hospital,I'm Sebokeng resident its been happening for a long time,condition and service is very bad.

  • bless.boswell - 2013-01-11 22:03

    Sepsis? Are we living in the dark ages? I think these babies would have been safer if they had been born at home - much less chance of sepsis. What a disgusting state of affairs.

  • willie.olivier.144 - 2013-01-11 22:18

    Poor children! The people responsibe will be judged by God!

  • Nthabiseng Nthabi - 2013-01-12 22:03

    its about time Sebokeng is exposed,those young black doctors need 2 b disciplined nd stop goin 2 chisinyama when on duty...nxa 158 is still a lot geeeeeezzzzzz*furious mother*

  • Palesa Madops Dono - 2013-12-10 17:22

    Hi I disagree that baby deaths have declined at sebokeng hospital couz last week my baby died of nosocomial sepsis an acquired hospital infection and not only my baby but every week 1 or more babies die in ward7 even 2day a baby died I'm angry couz my baby was fine and making progress all of a sudden she dies of a hospital infection that could have been prevented if only the stuff and the doctors were more attentive and had care for the babies none of this would have happened and the other nurses there are careless an very rude something should be done I want justice for the death of my baby couz she won't be in peace if I don't do anything about this so mothers who have lost their babies in ward 7 sebokeng hospital let's stand 2geda and fight for justice

  • Karlien Dejonge - 2014-08-10 14:09

    This is one thing of sebokeng hospital if u in that hospital u are as good as dead not just babys grownups 2 and not vrom normal cozes its the doktors that donte do theyr job right my ount deid in that hospital they mesd up with hure surgery now my nephfew is laying in that hospital a week alredy they donte oporate noting no he is to weak they say he has internal bleeding broken ribs puncured lung broken arm and cuts they have him on a lung macine they say they cant do mutsh but they donte even try to help him they are just gona leeve him 2 dei he is just 18 years old I now of so many people hu deid in that hospital that could jave been prevented if they did their jobs

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