Tufton recommits to improving staff at public hospitals

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, has recommitted to improving staff numbers at the country’s public hospitals.

He made the comment in light of the recent deaths of several babies at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, and a Pan American Health Organization, (PAHO), report which linked the deaths to understaffing and poor cleaning practices.

Between January and December last year, 50 babies contracted the Klebsiella Pnuemoniae bacteria.

Twelve of them died.

While speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, where the PAHO report findings were revealed, Dr Tufton sought to assure citizens that plans have been put in motion, to expand staffing in the health sector.

He noted that the government is planning to fill over 2000 posts.

Dr Tufton said he hopes these measures will yield success, noting that during the period in which the babies died, there was one nurse to around 8 babies.


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