By MSINDISI FENGU (Timeslive.co.za)
Speaking in Bhisho on a visit to the East London Hospital Complex yesterday, Motsoaledi said the new legislation would make it “easy” to discipline negligent officials.
“We need to first set up clear standards of responsibility and put out all instruments, including equipment and infection controls,” he said.
“At present, the situation is muddled. If we start sniffing around, as we are doing, we might punish a lot of people. It’s only when we set up standards that we know we have not done our work.”
Motsoaledi visited the complex, which incorporates the Frere and Cecilia Makiwane hospitals, after a spate of baby deaths.
In March, an investigation by The Times’ sister newspaper, the Daily Dispatch, revealed that killer superbugs had devastated the neonatal wards at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in January.
By the end of that month, 29 babies had died, more than double the average monthly infant mortality rate.
Nearly half the deaths were attributed to nosocomial infection – in this instance caused by the deadly klebsiella bacteria.
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