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Afghanistan: 12 newborn babies die after mystery outbreak hits maternity hospital

Afghanistan: 12 newborn babies die after mystery outbreak hits maternity hospital

Twelve newborn babies have died at a health centre in Northeastern Afghanistan due to an outbreak, which is yet to be analysed and examined. The health centre is a maternity hospital situated at Panjshir Province’s Anabah district, and run by an Italian NGO (nongovernment organisation).

Radio Free Afghanistan quoted the NGO as saying that all the babies died on November 4 due to an ‘unknown and undetermined’ outbreak. A statement from the NGO informed that the newborns, who were in critical condition and on antibiotic therapy, passed away at the hospital’s neonatal intensive-care unit due to apparent sepsis — a serious complication of an infection.

The NGO also said that they immediately informed about the incident and the outbreak to Afghan health authorities and tasked a private laboratory of Kabul to carry out microbiological tests. All the 12 babies experienced same symptoms. The hospital has taken necessary steps following the outbreak and successfully treated all the patients affected by it. The neonatal ward has been shut down following the incident. The NGO also informed that the medical coordinator of the maternity ward of the hospital is in constant contact with the provincial and district officials over the matter.




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