Babies are dying mysteriously at UTH – Nawakwi

FDD President Edith Nawakwi says  newly born babies are dying in mysterious ways at UTH, especially over the past six months.

Ms. Nawakwi has since appealed to Health Minister Dr Joseph Kasonde to take personal interest in the situation at UTH Maternity ward.

The FDD leader has also called on Dr Kasonde to immediately declare UTH Maternity wing unfit for deliveries so that urgent works could start on the facility.

Ms. Nawakwi said she suspects that there is an outbreak of Salmonella at UTH which is infecting newly born babies.

Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella and most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhoea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

Nawakwi said UTH Maternity ward is dirty and susceptible to infections coupled with negligence by staff at UTH hence the high maternal mortality at UTH.

“Our UTH maternity wing should actually be closed. Babies are dying two days after birth due to suspected infestation of bacteria because of dirt in the maternity wing. Maternal health care and child health care is unavailable in this country,” she said.

She added, “This country is probably the only country in the sub region with the highest maternal mortality and I think some of it is due to sheer negligence. Ask Hon. Kasonde why he has not declared UTH Maternity ward unfit for deliveries of babies. There is salmonella which has infested our hospitals and he knows about it.”

“A baby is born and readmitted with 39/40 degrees centigrade and they are dying. I suspect there is an infestation of Salmonella in the maternity wing. I know people close to me who have lost babies under these mysterious circumstances at UTH. A baby is born on Thursday at 10:30, discharged at 15 Hours, readmitted the following day and the child dies and this is not the only case, there are several incidences that have occurred in the last six months.”

Ms. Nawakwi said it is saddening that Epidemiological department at UTH has remained mute over the situation in the Maternity wing.

“There is a conspiracy to murder our newly born babies and I think this is extremely serious that Dr. Kasonde should take personal interest and save our babies from any more deaths. “

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