Health Dept probes newborn's death

The Gauteng Department of Health is investigating the death of a baby that fell at Kalafong Hospital.

The Gauteng Department of Health is investigating the death of a baby that fell at Kalafong Hospital.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Health on Friday said it needs more time before it can declare whether it was negligence that led to a baby dying at Kalafong Hospital.

Janine Meiring was taken to hospital on Christmas Eve, and despite being in heavy labour, doctors failed to notice the baby was about to arrive.

She was 27 weeks pregnant when she went into labour.

Meiring said her baby literally slid out of her, and hit the floor, with doctors apparently doing nothing to help.

The child later died from his injuries.

The department's Simon Zwane said the matter is incredibly urgent, and the mother's statement will be probed immediately.

However, he said the department needs more time.

"There is a preliminary report but it is too early to speak about it because there are matters that still have to be followed up. Our team is investigating the matter."