Korle Bu battles outbreak of deadly bacteria
From: Ghana l Myjoyonline.com | Joy News
August 30, 2012, 14:11 GMT
Health authorities at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital are battling to contain the outbreak of deadly bacteria, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococus Aureus (MRSA).
It is not clear if the infection, which has led to the closure of the children’s emergency ward, caused the death of three kids in the children’s ward.
Although hospital authorities say five children have been infected, they are unable to confirm if they died of the bacteria.
Joy News’ Jefferson Sackey reported from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital that doctors fear other wards in the hospital could be infected and are leaving nothing to chance.
The first strain of the bacteria was detected a week-and-a-half ago in a single patient and has so far been identified in four more patients.
Jefferson Sackey reported that the macrobiotics department has been holding crunch meetings to find ways of containing the “dangerous” bacteria.
Though the antibiotic for treating the bacteria is very expensive, he said, the hospital says it has obtained the antibiotics and are treating the infected patients.
Meanwhile, authorities at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital held a news conference at the hospital on Monday to brief journalists on the disease.
Hospitals have been advised not to refer children to Korle Bu until further notice. But it looks more likely the ward would not be opened anytime soon, Sackey observed.
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