Health Minister Sacked After 11 Child Deaths

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on  October 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
The health minister of Dominican Republic has been sacked after 11 children died in three days in a pediatric hospital, officials said, pointing to the "deficiencies" in the medical team.

Eight of the children who died were under one year old.
 Health Minister Sacked After 11 Child Deaths
Health Minister Sacked After 11 Child Deaths

The deaths occurred between October 3 and 5 after the children were admitted for a variety of ailments, including lung and heart trouble, gastrointestinal problems and infections.

A report from a commission of inquiry appointed after the incident said the deaths were the result of "deficiencies of the medical personnel."

The findings of the probe prompted the dismissal of Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo on Friday and the hospital's director Rosa Nieves.

A new health minister, Altagracia Guzman Marcelino, was appointed Monday and the hospital was put under military control as staff staged protests.

"We oppose the militarization of this hospital," said Maritza Lopez, coordinator of the SOS Committee, which includes hospital employees.

"We are not murderers, we are doctors."

The children all died at Robert Reid Cabral Hospital, the largest medical center for children in the Caribbean nation.

Staff have complained of deterioration of some hospital services, which have suffered under general economic malaise in the Dominican Republic.

Source: AFP

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