Info on baby deaths 'delayed'

The Department of Health needs to release a full report on the deaths of 142 babies in the Ukhahlamba district in the Eastern Cape, the DA said yesterday.

The Department of Health needs to release a full report on the deaths of 142 babies in the Ukhahlamba district in the Eastern Cape, the DA said yesterday.

In a statement Democratic Alliance health spokesman, Mike Waters, pictured , said the theory that the department was covering up information about the deaths would "only gain ground".

A local newspaper reported yesterday that it had received the report and that the department had responded immediately to the deaths of the babies which were caused by unclean water.

"The full report has still not been released and the summary gives little substantial information," he said.

He said answers had not been forthcoming regarding whether criminal or disciplinary action had or would be taken against anyone in either the provincial health or water affairs departments and whether the problem with the water had been addressed.

Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the newly appointed MEC Pemmy Majodina, like her predecessor, had granted a number of interviews to the media regarding the recent deaths and that allegations that the department was hiding anything from the public were not true. - Sapa

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