Turkey probes deaths of 27 babies at hospital

The Zekai Tahir Burak hospital has acknowledged that 27 babies have died in the past two weeks.

Turkey probes deaths of 27 babies at hospital

Turkey's Health Ministry is investigating the deaths of more than two dozen newborn babies at an Ankara hospital.

The Zekai Tahir Burak hospital has acknowledged that 27 babies have died in the past two weeks. The hospital has one of the city's busiest maternity units.

It has said most of the babies were premature and died from a variety of complications.

A health workers' trade union, however, has blamed poor sanitary conditions and negligence for the deaths.

The ministry said Monday inspectors would probe the deaths and vowed ''necessary measures'' against anyone found responsible.

Dr. Zekai Tahir Burak Hospital in Ankara denied allegations that babies died of "hospital infection".


While the hospital administration rejected the accusations, families of the babies said that there were 2-3 newborn infants in an incubator.

Also, Health Workers' Labor Union said that 27 infants died between July 31st and August 2nd, and 42 babies died in the last one month.

The labor union claimed that the delivery room was moved because of ongoing repairs in the hospital and the move caused spread of infection.


Last Mod: 05 Ağustos 2008, 08:21
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