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Maternity hospital renovations blamed for 14 baby deaths

The Dominican Medical College (CMD) has complained about the Maternity Hospital Nuestra Señora La Altagracia, the large maternity hospital, where the situation is so dire that on the weekend of 23-25 June 2017, 14 newborns died. Three deaths were reported on Friday 23 June, four on the Saturday and seven on the Sunday. The CMD said none of the newborns should have died if the adequate resources had been available at the public hospital.

In the maternity ward, up to five newborns share one crib in the neonatal care facility. In addition, the maternity unit lacks heating lamps and does not have sufficient incubators, so many newborns that need special medical attention are often go untreated and become acutely susceptible to infections or exposure, often resulting in the death of the infants.

The CMD went on to say that three or four women are giving birth on one bed; there are few functioning bathrooms, no decent place for patients to rest, inadequate meal service and no conditions for teaching.

Dr. Waldo Ariel Suero, president of the CMD, says the number of deaths is alarming. He called for relocating the medical staff in no later than five days and that efforts be fully dedicate to complete the renovations. He said the staff can no longer operate in the present conditions. He said of 10 surgery rooms, only three are operational and those have many deficiencies.

The doctors working in the maternity ward attribute the problems to the long drawn out renovation that began in 2012. Four years ago, the government began renovations that have not yet been completed and, as a result, are putting people’s health in danger as evidenced by the recent high in hospital deaths.

Nevertheless, the director of the National Health Service, Nelson Rodríguez Monegro denied the deaths had to do with the renovations. He said the babies died for low birth weight, congenital malformation, intracranial and lung bleeding, respiratory complications, infections of the mothers and complicated pregnancy reasons.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

June 30, 2017

Category: DR News |

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