SAHRC visits Tembisa Hospital following death of 10 babies

The South African Human Rights Commission is visiting Tembisa Hospital where 10 babies died in November and December last year.

The babies died from an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacterales (CRE).

Clement Manyathela spoke to South African Human Right Commission's Gauteng provincial manager Buang Jones about the importance of the visit.

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

We are hoping to establish the circumstances that led to the death of the babies.

Buang Jones, Gauteng provincial manager, SAHRC

We are not sure what caused the outbreak and what measures the hospital has taken to prevent infections from spreading.

Buang Jones, Gauteng provincial manager, SAHRC

RELATED: Nurses union hits out at government for Tembisa babies' deaths

Jones says they were told by the Department of Health that more nurses will be deployed to the hospital, therefore, they will also be following up on that matter.

He further says they want to have access to the parents of the deceased babies.

We want to see if we can't assist them to take legal action against the hospital and the department.

Buang Jones, Gauteng provincial manager, SAHRC

He adds that the Department of Health should prioritise improving infrastructure and deploying more staff to the hospital.

Listen to the full interview below...


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