KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 — The Johor State Health Department denied allegations that doctors’ negligence at Hospital Segamat was killing newborn babies.
Johor health director Dr Selahuddeen Abd Aziz said infant mortality at the government hospital was 5 for every 1,000 live births, within the Health Ministry’s standard of 5.5 for every 1,000 live births.
“For your information, all cases involving infant mortality will be investigated to identify the cause of death, such as congenital defects, bacterial infection, bleeding in the brain, kernicterus, and inborn error of metabolism.
“If investigations uncover negligence during treatment, appropriate action will be taken,” Dr Selahuddeen said in a statement.
A Facebook user called Asking Bhaskaran claimed that medical officers at Hospital Segamat did not have expertise in handling pregnant women.
“They abused their powers and do not have integrity in treating pregnant mothers to help them deliver their babies safely,” he posted on Facebook. “They don’t have professionalism in handling situations”.
“Hospital Segamat is a death hospital to newborn babies.”