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Jan 3, 2014

C.E.O. at the K.H.M.H. speaks on improvements to the medical facility

In May of 2013, a bacterial outbreak at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital flooded the airwaves when some seven babies reportedly died after they were infected with enterobacter cloacae within the confines of the hospital. The scandal broke after a reported thirteen premature babies within the neonatal intensive care unit died within twenty days under questionable circumstances. This led to an internal investigation by the hospital headed by Doctor Adrian Coye and subsequently an independent investigation by the Pan American Health Organization. PAHO then released its damning revelation on the national referral hospital and issued numerous recommendations in an effort to prevent a repeat outbreak. C.E.O. at the K.H.M.H., Doctor Gary Longsworth tells the media that ninety percent of those recommendations have been implemented and that the medical institution has improved its services. 

 

Dr. Gary Longsworth, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

Gary Longsworth

“We are doing a lot in that area. The report as you know, we had publicized the report and the report had a lot of recommendations. We’ve implemented about ninety percent of those recommendations completely—so hundred percent implementation of the majority of those recommendations. We still have things to do. We set up a temporary NICU in the pediatric ward and that has been doing excellently. I mean we have very good result. Actually in October we actually had zero mortality in that unit and the mortality has been below average for most of the time since we’ve been there. We’re in the process, you heard some hammering out there, we’re in the process of expanding and renovating the original Neonatal ICU; that should be finished within a month or two from now. We are getting ready to put in the gases and all the amenities it needs to function properly. And of course the big project continues—the big ten thousand square foot project that is spearheaded by Misses Barrow, the Prime Minister’s wife as the Special Envoy for Children; that continues. But that will take us probably another eighteen months to two years to complete.”

 

Reporter

“Just to continue on that trend or on that thread…last year we heard that there was an unprecedented amount of premature births. Is that what we had? And are we now able to or K.H.M.H. able to handle the capacity?”

 

Dr. Gary Longsworth

“It is kinda strange but the temporary NICU actually has a greater capacity than the original one had. We didn’t really plan it that way, but when we mapped out the space and we set it up, we’ve been handling on average about fifteen to sixteen babies a month and that’s quite a capacity. Sometimes it goes down—it goes down as low as eight or ten for the month—but in general we are handling a lot of premature babies with problems; many of them problems that actually result from anti-natal issues. Many mothers don’t come for screening early enough. Many mothers or mothers to be don’t attend the anti-natal clinics regularly enough and one of the major contributors to prematurity is maternal infections. And one of the commonness maternal infections that affects newborns is urinary tract infections, which is something very simple and easy to treat. But if it is not treated it could lead to dire problem for the newborn.”

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