Reports from Kenya are disturbing because it is about avoidable deaths. This is given the circumstances surrounding the deaths being reported.
According to the Daily Nation of Kenya, 11 babies died just last week from the neonatal section of Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya. The reason? A suspected bacteria infection – Klebsiella – which is resistant to drugs.
In the report, up to three babies sometimes may share a cot, thus making the transfer of infection from one person to another quite easy.
Also, to feed the children, nurses have to use improvised materials – tubes and syringes that were meant for aspiration – to feed the children, thereby causing them bruises that may encourage spread of infections.
Unfortunately, responses from concerned authorities have been slow, as Daily Nation noted:
Please read more on this disturbing story from Kenya on Daily Nation.