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University Hospital yet to fully control infection outbreak - chairman

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 10:29 PM

Sterling Soares, the Chairman of the board of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), has disclosed that the institution is yet to fully control the outbreak of infection there.

Eighteen babies have died from infections caused by outbreaks of the klebsiella and serratia bacteria over a four month period at the UHWI in St Andrew and the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

Soares says there has been no new infection or death at the UHWI.

However, he says it is still too early to say there will be no more deaths.

Soares has rejected assertions that the deaths are related to resource shortage.

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Meanwhile, a task force has been established to monitor and review operations at the hospital in keeping with the Pan American Health Organisation’s recommendations and operational best practices.

The team has been tasked to issue bi-weekly updates and closely monitor the institution to ensure that mandated corrective measures are strictly adhered to.

Meanwhile, Soares has confirmed the resignations of the hospital's Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cecil White, and Senior Director of Medical Services, Professor Trevor McCartney, in the wake of the deaths.

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He says Dr McCartney’s contract had expired.