LIMPOPO – The Department of Health are strongly disputing claims that a newborn baby sustained an arm fracture during birth, saying evidence at the disposal of the hospital indicates the baby’s injury was sustained outside the premises under the care of the parents.
This comes after the baby’s father, Christopher Dumisani Mdluli, said his daughter’s arm was broken during delivery at St Rita’s Hospital in Jane Furse, Sekhukhune.
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Mdluli says the baby would not stop crying after birth and that he personally went to the doctor responsible for the maternity ward and the doctor admitted that he had noticed something was not right with the baby’s arm.
However, the department have hit back at the claims, saying the parents should take full responsibility instead of wrongfully accusing the hospital’s personnel
The department’s spokesperson, Neil Shikwambana confirmed that the baby was born at St Rita’s on 17 April via caesarean and that after delivery, the baby was checked by a pediatric doctor, who indicated that the baby had no complications, no fractures or swelling of any kind.
“There was no sign of discomfort by the baby as it was able to sleep comfortably The baby stayed in hospital for three days for the sole reason that the mother was still recovering from the caesarean operation before being discharged,” he said.
Shikwambana further explained that on the sixth day, the mother took the baby to the local clinic for immunization where nurses did not detect any fracture or swelling.
“It was only on the ninth day after the baby was discharged from hospital that the parents brought the baby back claiming the baby’s hand was fractured during delivery. An X- Ray was immediately conducted on the baby and revealed that indeed, the baby had sustained a fracture on the bone between the elbow and the shoulder and the fracture was still very fresh. The baby was treated and is now healed,” Shikwambana’s statement read.
He reiterated that the department disputes Mdluli’s version of events that the baby sustained the fracture during birth.
“If anything, the conclusive evidence at the disposal of the hospital indicates that the baby’s injury was sustained outside the hospital premises, under the care of parents and they must take full responsibility instead of wrongfully accusing the hospital’s personnel,” he said.
Shikwambana concluded that the department of health are working tirelessly to turn the state of services in our public hospitals around and in many instances, results are showing notwithstanding challenges which persist.
“It is therefore undesirable for people to make non-existing accusations against hospitals because this casts aspersions on the capacity of the public health care system and also causes unnecessary and undesired public distrust between public institutions and the communities we serve. Where mistakes occur, we will accept and correct, but they must be genuine not imaginary,” his statement concluded.