Drug- resistant infections claims the lives of 10 children at an Ekurhuleni hospital

The deaths of 10 babies at an Ekurhuleni hospital due to drug- resistant infections has provoked an outcry.

The deaths are believed to be the result of klebsiella, which causes pneumonia and meningitis.

Medical records show it has a death rate of about 50%, even with antimicrobial therapy.

The DA and a nursing union said measures put in place at Tembisa Hospital by the Gauteng Health Department to prevent further infections in its neoanatal unit – where the 10 babies died after the outbreak of bacterial infection – are still not adequate because the hospital remains “dangerously understaffed and overcrowded”.

In a statement, the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union said the deaths of the newborns at the hospital were due to overcrowding, and it placed the blame for this on the provincial government for failing to build new hospitals and upgrade existing ones.