Letter to the editor of the Jamaica Gleaner 10/10/2016 in response to the reported death of 7 new born babies at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital due to a bacteria called sepsis
I want to have a baby one day. I am self employed now so more than likely i will have to deliver my baby at the Victoria Jubliee Hospital in Kingston. One of the things that any mother fears is carrying a baby to full-term and not getting a chance to see their baby grow up. I know the name i want my baby to have already. Birth is the most exciting moments for parents.
Yesterday i read in the gleaner that 7 newborn babies died at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital from bacteria infection called sepsis. I read that the Chief Medical officer said that sepsis was not an institution related bacteria but a deadly bacteria found in the vaginal tract of the pregnant women.
The fear that gripped me lead me to searching for information about sepsis online. I wanted to find out what cause sepsis because i didn’t want this to happen to me and i couldn’t understand how it had happened to these women. after reading the explanations online i think we have a responsibility and a duty especially on behalf of the mothers who lost their babies and those like me who wish to have a baby to ask the Victoria Jubliee hospital to give us all the details about how the babies died and what now is the health of the mothers.
Last night i wrote down these 8 questions that would help me understand what really happened to these babies and their mothers.
- What are the names and ages of the mothers?
- How many children did they have before?
- What are their children’s ages?
- What dates and times did they give birth?
- Were they diagnosed or being treated for any complications or health issues before delivery?
- What is their health status now?
- Who was the Doctor/Midwife that was present on duty that delivered the babies?
- How many of these cases have been reported in Jamaica this year?