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12 newborns die of sepsis in Panjsher hospital

12 newborns die of sepsis in Panjsher hospital

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Nov 05, 2018 - 14:26

PARAKH (Pajhwok): At least 12 newborn babies have died under mysterious circumstances in an emergency hospital in central Panjsher province, an official said on Monday.

But  the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of EMERGENCY’s Maternity hospital in Panjshir said the 12 newborns, who were already in critical conditions and on antibiotic therapy, passed away due to what presented itself as sepsis.

Earlier, Mohammad Mansour Anabi, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the babies aged one to 15 days lost their lives between Saturday afternoon and Sunday in the hospital  .

He said some of the babies were born in the hospital and others had been brought there for treatment after their birth.

The reason how the newborns died is yet to be ascertained, said Anabi, who informed a team of doctors was investigating the issue.

Dr. Mohammad Akbar Jan, the hospital's director, confirmed Anabi’s account and said six of of the babies belonged to Parwan, three to Kapisa and four to Panjsher provinces.

He also said the reason behind the mysterious deaths was not yet known but investigation was underway in this regard.

EMERGENCY response

Meanwhile, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of EMERGENCY’s Maternity hospital in Panjshir said the 12 newborns, who were already in critical conditions and on antibiotic therapy, passed away due to what presented itself as sepsis.

EMERGENCY immediately informed healthinfo-icon authorities regarding the ongoing outbreak and involved an externalinfo-icon private laboratory in Kabulinfo-icon to carry out all microbiological tests needed.

“EMERGENCY will communicate the results as soon as they are available,” the NICU said in a statement.

It said until the causes were fully clarified, the criteria of admission in the Maternity Centre had been reduced solely to life saving treatments.

EMERGENCY’s staff immediately applied measures to contain the outbreak and treat the affected patients. “We can exclude any medical negligence in what has happened.”

Measures prevent the spread of the outbreak:

All the movements of the staff have been restricted to avoid any possible spread of contamination;

- No new admissions were allowed in the NICU;

- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and sepsis treatment protocol was started for all the neonates; 

- As far the deliveries were on going in the Maternity, a new ward was set up for treatment of neonates, with reinforced hygienic measures;

- All the cleaning and hygienic protocols were reinforced in all the hospital;

EMERGENCY can testify that every medical professional, national and international, did all they could do to the best of their capabilities to safe each and every life in the hospital.

The medical coordinator of the Maternity Centre is in contact with Panjshir Provincial Health Directory, Anabah district office and Anabah NDSinfo-icon office and willing to collaborate with all authorities, as it does since 2003, when the centre was opened.

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