Blood infection kills 12 babies in Vizcaya


BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: An infection caused by septicemia or bacteria in the blood (bacteremia) killed 12 infants who were confined at a government-run hospital in this town.

Officials at the Veterans Regional Hospital (VRH) on Monday confirmed that the deaths of the newly-born babies happened from July to October.

Doctors said “septicemia is a systemic infection usually caused by bacteria of various types contaminating a person’s blood, most notably from infected cuts and burns”.

They said that when not properly treated, the blood which is infected would lead to the contamination of other organs or tissues of the body.

Dr. Danilo Alejandro noted that the immunity of the babies was very low so they succumbed to the deadly bacteria.

VRH officer-in-charge Dr. Napoleon Obaña said that the very large number of patients and visitors coming in greatly contributed in the inadequacy in preventing and controlling the spread of the bacteria and infection.

“We are now strictly implementing preventive measures such as massive disinfecting the hospital facility of bacteria as well as in admitting visitors,” Obaña said.

“For now, only those patients needing immediate or emergency medical attention will be admitted pending the ongoing massive disinfection of the hospital building, especially the hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit and delivery facilities,” he added.


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