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Eight newborn deaths in maternity hospital under investigation in Cuba



Reference image. At least eight newborns have died in Cuban hospitals.  /AFP.

Reference image. At least eight newborns have died in Cuban hospitals. /AFP.

Cuban health authorities are investigating the death of eight newborns so far at a gynecological hospital in Havana in January this year, the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) reported.

“Inhabitants were informed of the unfortunate death of eight newborns of low birth weight and prematurity during January at the Diez de Octobre Gynecological and Maternity Hospital in Havana,” MINSAP said. Stated. A statement posted on the website Monday night.

“A national commission from the Ministry of Public Health is currently investigating the cause of the incident and, depending on the outcome, appropriate measures will be applied,” he added.

Minsap identified that as of Wednesday, four of the eight newborns had died “with presumed signs of sepsis.” Meanwhile, “others[died]from other causes related to subtle health conditions.”

He added that hospitals in the center of Havana “have taken steps to deal with this situation and have the necessary resources available to care for newborns.”

Faced with its worst economic crisis in 30 years due to tightening U.S. embargoes, domestic inefficiency issues and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Cuba saw a 7.5 deaths per 1,000 children under the age of 1 last year. Recorded infant mortality. , a far cry from the 4.9 reported in 2020.

In Cuba, all hospitals and clinics are state owned.

Source: Diario.Elmundo

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