OUTBREAK OF KLEBSIELLA PNEUMONIA AT HOSPITAL NEAR JOHANNESBURG, TWO BABIES HAVE DIED

JOHANNESBURG— The Department of Health of South Africa’s Gauteng Province has confirmed an outbreak of Klebsiella Pneumonia at the Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital, in Vosloorus, near here.

On Wednesday, the Head of the Department, Professor Mkhululi Lukhele, paid a visit to the hospital to assess the situation following the outbreak and a recent protest by employees of the facility.

During the visit, Lukhele confirmed that the hospital’s neonatal unit identified seven cases of Klebsiella pneumonia outbreak in July 2018, which resulted in the deaths of two babies.

Contrary to what has been reported in the media, there were five babies who were being treated and out of the five, one of the baby’s results was negative, said Lukhele.

Samples were taken and have been sent to the laboratory to establish the source of the outbreak. The hospital has since taken proactive measures by strengthening its infection, prevention and control unit and closely monitoring it.

All babies who were admitted in the ward were screened to prevent further infections. Furthermore, the district specialist and head office were called in for support. The department is planning to form a provincial task team, led by a neonatologist, to continuously look at the measures to prevent possible future infections in all our facilities, said Lukhele.

Meanwhile, Lukhele said the department had taken note of allegations made against its hospital staff. “All complaints and concerns brought to us are thoroughly followed through. I have also noted the allegations levelled against some of the facility management team,” he added.

I would like to assure the workers and members of the public that the management team will be subjected to the department’s labour policies and procedures. No stone will be left unturned in our investigations, said Lukhele.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

OUTBREAK OF KLEBSIELLA PNEUMONIA AT HOSPITAL NEAR JOHANNESBURG, TWO BABIES HAVE DIED

JOHANNESBURG— The Department of Health of South Africa’s Gauteng Province has confirmed an outbreak of Klebsiella Pneumonia at the Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital, in Vosloorus, near here.

On Wednesday, the Head of the Department, Professor Mkhululi Lukhele, paid a visit to the hospital to assess the situation following the outbreak and a recent protest by employees of the facility.

During the visit, Lukhele confirmed that the hospital’s neonatal unit identified seven cases of Klebsiella pneumonia outbreak in July 2018, which resulted in the deaths of two babies.

Contrary to what has been reported in the media, there were five babies who were being treated and out of the five, one of the baby’s results was negative, said Lukhele.

Samples were taken and have been sent to the laboratory to establish the source of the outbreak. The hospital has since taken proactive measures by strengthening its infection, prevention and control unit and closely monitoring it.

All babies who were admitted in the ward were screened to prevent further infections. Furthermore, the district specialist and head office were called in for support. The department is planning to form a provincial task team, led by a neonatologist, to continuously look at the measures to prevent possible future infections in all our facilities, said Lukhele.

Meanwhile, Lukhele said the department had taken note of allegations made against its hospital staff. “All complaints and concerns brought to us are thoroughly followed through. I have also noted the allegations levelled against some of the facility management team,” he added.

I would like to assure the workers and members of the public that the management team will be subjected to the department’s labour policies and procedures. No stone will be left unturned in our investigations, said Lukhele.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK