No incubator, premature baby dies at Bartica Hospital
An investigation has been launched into the death of a baby girl at the Bartica Hospital, a few hours after the child was born, yesterday.
Kaieteur News was told that Amanda De Freitas, a secretary attached to the Regional Executive Officer, was taken to the Bartica Hospital yesterday by relatives after she started experiencing contractions.
This girl’s relatives said that De Freitas gave birth some time after 21:00hrs on Friday night to a premature baby girl.
Geoffrey De Freitas, the woman’s father, said that after the delivery the baby needed to be placed into an incubator.
However relatives were told that the hospital has two incubators, none of which is in operation. The birth caused panic amongst the hospital staff, they added.
“How could a hospital not have an incubator,” asked a relative yesterday. Kaieteur News was further told that the doctor on call immediately informed nurses that the baby needed to be transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
However this newspaper was told that the midwife insisted that they wait until Saturday morning.
“The doctor said to transfer the baby but de midwife said de place cold and they can’t travel so late with the baby,” a hospital source said.
Relatives were now forced to make a ‘makeshift” incubator; this was a tray and four bayonet bulbs to give the baby warmth.
“We had to make this thing; the hospital didn’t even have the bulbs for us to use,” one relative told Kaieteur News.
Despite efforts by the relatives, the baby died around 06:00hrs on Saturday.
One source at the hospital yesterday told Kaieteur News that there is the need for a better mode of transporting patients at night.
According to the source, patients can only be transferred via speedboats which are very risky.
Investigations into the matter are still continuing. Efforts yesterday to contact Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy proved futile.