Seven Babies Die At POSGH NICU Ward – Bacterial Outbreak Blamed

Seven babies have died over the span of four days at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Port of Spain General Hospital.

A bacterial outbreak is being blamed for the tragedy.

According to reports, from April 4th to April 7th, the staff at the NICU observed a rapid deterioration in the clinical status of several neonates.

Laboratory investigations revealed the presence of three different organisms – Serratia marcesens, ESBL Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Klebsiella aerogenes – all known to pose significant risks to vulnerable neonates.

In response to the situation, the NICU was immediately closed to new admissions to prevent further transmission of the infection.

Rigorous sanitisation and sterilisation measures were implemented.

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