Bacteria that killed 10 babies at Tembisa Hospital has been managed - MEC

Ten babies have died after pneumonia and meningitis-causing outbreak hit Tembisa Hospital.

The Gauteng Health Department on Monday sent out a statement citing that 17 cases of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacterales (CRE) were reported during the period between 01 November to 31 December 2019.

RELATED: Gauteng Health introduces a new app to channel complaints

Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report speaks to Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku to give more insight on the matter.

It is known as a Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacterales (CRE) bacteria which is one of the problems that are faced in ICUs. We have now tried to manage it and we are confident that the seven that have survived can be treated and discharged.

Dr Bandile Masuku, MEC - Gauteng Health

Outbreaks like these are mostly related to overcrowding in public hospitals which makes it difficult for these types of outbreaks to be contained, he adds.

We are currently looking at extending the number of beds in the ICU and getting more staff members. We have taken our staff members on a refresher course that will help them to reinforce the culture of handwashing, making sure they don't transfer the bacteria to other babies.

Dr Bandile Masuku, MEC - Gauteng Health

Listen below to the full conversation:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
SAA to provide repatriation charter flights to various countries

SAA to provide repatriation charter flights to various countries

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali says if people don't have a return ticket they must contact their respective embassies.

Mangaung municipality wants remains of COVID-19 victims declared biohazards

Mangaung municipality wants remains of COVID-19 victims declared biohazards

The metro's communication general manager, Qondile Khedama, says families will be advised on how to handle the bodies.

Consumers advised to use their credit life insurance for relief

Consumers advised to use their credit life insurance for relief

Supervisor for credit provider compliance at the NCR Theodore Smith explains how the cover works.

Urgent court matters to be heard between 10am and 1pm daily - justice minister

Urgent court matters to be heard between 10am and 1pm daily - justice minister

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says other matters would be postponed during the lockdown.

'Use a homemade mask only when you go to do your shopping'

'Use a homemade mask only when you go to do your shopping'

Clement Manyathela speaks to civil engineer Piet Streicher about how masks can benefit all.

Some Gauteng health facilities not complying with safety regulations

Some Gauteng health facilities not complying with safety regulations

DA shadow health MEC Jack Bloom says the issue of hospitals and clinics not adhering to directives is alarming.

Popular articles
UNITY: Radio stations to broadcast South Africa's National Anthem at 1pm today

UNITY: Radio stations to broadcast South Africa's National Anthem at 1pm today

Coming together while playing the anthem is a commitment to modify our social behaviour to tackle the COVID-19 threat.

South Africa’s economy to shrink by 23.5% in 2Q/2020 – Absa forecast

South Africa’s economy to shrink by 23.5% in 2Q/2020 – Absa forecast

Africa’s most developed economy is heading for a very cold economic winter, says Absa Senior Economist Peter Worthington.

[WATCH] Daughter telling a brilliant dad joke has social media in stitches

[WATCH] Daughter telling a brilliant dad joke has social media in stitches

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

[WATCH] Family welcoming nurse mom home differently everyday goes viral

[WATCH] Family welcoming nurse mom home differently everyday goes viral

Khabazela shares some of the videos that went viral on Twitter and Facebook.

'If you can't pay salaries due to lockdown apply for UIF for your employees'

'If you can't pay salaries due to lockdown apply for UIF for your employees'

Commissioner Teboho Maruping says companies need to do treat their workers correctly during this difficult time.

'If you still have a job, get rid of your debt as fast as you can'

'If you still have a job, get rid of your debt as fast as you can'

Personal finance expert Warren Ingram has advice on how to survive – or even thrive – amidst the Covid-19 outbreak.

Covid-19: Struggling to pay - or collect - the rent?

Covid-19: Struggling to pay - or collect - the rent?

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews property lawyer Julian Scher about rental payment problems caused by Covid-19.

COVID-19 infections jump to 1,462 - Mkhize

COVID-19 infections jump to 1,462 - Mkhize

He made the announcement on Thursday evening in Bloemfontein.

Black dog syndrome: #ThePawcast's Lauren Palmer explores the phenomenon

Black dog syndrome: #ThePawcast's Lauren Palmer explores the phenomenon

Black Dog Syndrome is a phenomenon in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favour of lighter-coloured dogs.

Eskom is making the best use of the crisis - André de Ruyter, CEO

Eskom is making the best use of the crisis - André de Ruyter, CEO

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Eskom CEO André de Ruyter about the utility’s plans during the Covid-19 lockdown.