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.
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: