JM | Nov 24, 2022

Health Ministry to make public PAHO’s review of special care nurseries amid newborn deaths

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The Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston. (Photo: SERHA)

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has indicated that key findings in the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) review of special care nurseries at major hospitals, amid an outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae, will be made public.

The Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Bustamante Children’s Hospital and Spanish Town Hospital were the three major health care centres listed in the report.

During the outbreak, Victoria Jubilee recorded 13 deaths of newborns.

In responding to the crisis, the ministry requested technical assistance from PAHO, regarding infection prevention and control measures in special care nurseries.

In a release today (November 24) the ministry said that PAHO’s report describes the main findings of a technical mission carried out between October 14 and 22.

The report also details the rapid assessments of infection prevention and control in the special care nurseries at the three health facilities.

After a review by the technical team at the health ministry, the report is to be made available to the public.


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