The Romanian government has launched an investigation into which up to 10 babies at the obstetric department of the Timisoara city hospital are infected with the new strain of coronavirus, although the mothers are not ill.
“Mothers are negative but babies are positive, so we have to look at the staff who came into contact with them,” AFP news agency said on April 7, quoting Health Minister Nelu Tataru. TV.
Minister Tataru criticized the case, showing the weakness of the operations of obstetricians and local health directors, and pledged to take strict measures if necessary.
The children did not show signs of illness and almost all were separated from their mothers at home. A total of 49 pregnant women and infants at the hospital were sampled on 1-4 and the tests were done on days 4 and 5-4.
Earlier, the obstetric department was quarantined on March 31 but reopened the following day at the behest of the local health director. At the time, the official said that patients and doctors were not at risk of infection, even though 13 employees were positive for the virus. The director was dismissed.
“For the past two days, I was like living in a horror movie. The staff here did not wear masks. Last Thursday, they disinfected the hospital while we were still inside” – a woman told again.
The incident has raised concerns about the capacity of the Romanian health system before the COVID-19 pandemic. Health workers have complained about the lack of medical equipment.
In Romania, there are currently more than 4,400 cases and 180 deaths from COVID-19.