CentralSAHundreds of baby deaths recorded in Central SA
─── BLAINE JONES 11:59 Tue, 14 Sep 2021
A total of 619 babies have died in hospitals across Central South Africa so far this year. These deaths have been recorded in five hospitals, according to statistics released by the National Department of Health.
In a written response to a question tabled in Parliament, the department said the highest number of deaths among babies in the region have been recorded at the Bongani Hospital in Welkom. A total of 157 babies died in this hospital since January. Two other Free State hospitals - Pelonomi and the Universitas Academic Hospitals in Bloemfontein - registered 189 infant deaths.
In North West, the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital recorded 137 deaths, while 136 were registered at the Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital during this year. No statistics were made available for the Northern Cape.
On a national level, a total of 4 061 infant deaths were recorded since January in about 30 state hospitals. The Baragwanath Hospital in Gauteng recorded the highest number nationally of 361 babies who died in hospital. The statistics distinguished these deaths as new-born deaths – as babies who died between birth and 28 days - while postnatal deaths are babies who died between 29 days and one year of age.