Saturday, October 31, 2015 | 8:00 AM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A 19th baby has died from bacterial infection after 45 were infected from an outbreak of klebsiella and serratia at two of the island’s public hospitals since June.
To add insult to injury, Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson had to apologise after a slip of the tongue in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, when he said the babies were “not babies in the real sense”.
The Health Ministry also disclosed that there had been a bacterial outbreak at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in July.
At the same time, Opposition spokesperson on health Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte was banned from the Senate for failing to produce a letter, which reportedly indicated that the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council was willing to sit in Jamaica. The contentious issue has since stalled the debates on the three CCJ Bills to make the Caribbean court Jamaica’s final appellate court.