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Who is to blame for baby’s death?

PG BABY

The administration of the Punta Gorda Hospital has come out to clarify what they refer to as erroneous information relayed on social media.  On Friday, November 1, a social media post indicated that a woman of San Jose Village, Toledo District was left unattended at the hospital and had given birth in the waiting room.

The administration of the Punta Gorda Hospital has come out to clarify what they refer to as erroneous information relayed on social media.  On Friday, November 1, a social media post indicated that a woman of San Jose Village, Toledo District was left unattended at the hospital and had given birth in the waiting room.  The baby subsequently died, and blame is being placed at the feet of the hospital’s administration.  Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung went looking for answers into this story and spoke with the hospital’s administrator.

Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent:  Authorities at the Punta Gorda hospital claim that information in a Facebook post stating that another baby died carelessly at PG hospital is wrong and misleading. During a visit yesterday afternoon to the Punta Gorda Hospital Love News met PG Hospital Chief of Staff Dr.Maria Legra Williams.

Maria Legra Williams, Chief Of Staff, Punta Gorda Hospital: “In relation to a Facebook post stating another baby died at the Southern Regional Hospital after delivery at the maternity annex at Punta Gorda Community Hospital I would like to clarify that it’s not delivery that occurred at the maternity annex, the delivery occurred at the Punta Gorda Hospital in the delivery room with the assistance of a midwife and a medical officer on duty. All mothers in labor admitted to the delivery unit for monitoring and observation by a midwife and a medical officer. We have a young lady that had complications upon delivery and was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital a few hours after birth and from Southern Regional to KHMH where that baby passed away the following day. Punta Gorda Community Hospital is the only hospital in the country with a maternity annex that allows pregnant waiting mothers from remote areas to stay with a relative without cost and three meals provided. Up to date no waiting mother has had delivery in that area; besides, daily monitoring of the mothers are done between the hospital and the Punta Gorda PCP. In order for us to continue improving the quality of service provided to our community we do a peer review and investigation of each case with a bad outcome, this is in order to identify gaps and find solutions for improvement. This publication made by writer is untrue, targeting the reputation of our staff and giving the community and to other readers a negative impression of the services we are offering. I have to say, like any other institution, I acknowledge we have room for improvement.

Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent:  Dr.Legra Williams further commented that any member of the public who is dissatisfied at any time with the health services provided at the Punta Gorda Hospital that there is a complaint policy and opportunity whereby the concerned individual or individuals are encouraged to visit any member of the management team at the Punta Gorda Hospital to lodge concerns or complaints. Such is appreciated for any needed follow up and appropriate action be taken by PG Hospital authorities.

Love News understands that the post was made by a third party who was not closely involved in the case.

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