More deaths reported at 'Klebsiella hospital'

About 40 babies died at the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Durban during two months in 2003 of “various neonatal ICU infections,” the director of the non-profit organisation Voice said on Thursday.

“A report on the deaths of the 40 babies in 2003 was given to me by a high ranking official of the health department in KZN yesterday [Wednesday].

“There is a possibility that the 40 deaths may have been caused by the Klebsiella infection because there apparently appeared to be an outbreak there at the time,” said Alvin Brijlal.

He is the director of the organisation, well-known for its free medical, legal and psychological services in the province. - Sapa

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