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Former JMDA president says blame should be shared in babies' deaths

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 10:13 AM
Dr Alfred Dawes says communication could have helped to contain the infection.

Former president of the Jamaica Medical Doctor’s Association (JMDA), Dr Alfred Dawes, says everyone from management to doctors will have to accept some share of the blame for the infectious outbreaks which have killed 18 babies.

 

Former president of the Jamaica Medical Doctor’s Association, Dr Alfred Dawes

Dawes says communication could have helped to contain the infection.

He says doctors have long been pointing out conditions they believed could lead to infections such as those which killed the babies.

 

Former president of the Jamaica Medical Doctor’s Association, Dr Alfred Dawes

Earlier this year, the association had called a press conference to highlight the unsanitary conditions under which health services are being delivered in Jamaica.

Some of findings of the audit included inadequate systems and infrastructure for the prevention and control of infections, insufficient hygiene practice and inadequate supplies of items such as gowns and aprons.