Manager suspended over baby deaths

The Limpopo Health Department confirms the suspension of a hospital manager over baby deaths.

The Limpopo Health Department confirms the suspension of a hospital manager over baby deaths. Picture: Sxc.hu.

LIMPOPO - A senior manager at the George Masebe Hospital in Limpopo has been suspended, following the deaths of four babies in recent weeks.

The infants, with treatable diseases, allegedly died due to staff shortages at the facility.

Doctors from the public and private sectors are volunteering at the hospital while an investigation is underway.

Limpopo Health Department spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Gumede said the reasons for the suspension were unknown.

"There is a senior manager that has been suspended. That's all the details we have at the moment."

Gumede also said the Provincial Health MEC's office was waiting for a report from the district before giving detailed information on the suspension.

Meanwhile, Limpopo health authorities launched a commission of inquiry into the death of the four babies.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) blamed the deaths that happened over the weekend on hospital negligence, saying the facility is severely short-staffed.

Nehawu spokesperson Jacob Adams on Monday said the deaths bordered on criminality.

He claimed there was only one doctor working at the 288-bed hospital on the night the babies died.