In the name of a better outcome for our country’s babies I take issue with the statements made by Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan that the deaths of triplets and other multiple births are a simple risk associated with them.
In the age of the Internet and global knowledge, does he think the citizenry is still illiterate and swinging from trees? Let us not forget American Nadia Suleman gave birth to octuplets (eight babies all at once and all survived).
So why couldn’t all the sextuplets survive? Why after two months of survival in good health did all three Bowen triplets die? Does Dr Khan think we are that stupid? This is not a simple risk. Something is wrong. What are they doing in Singapore and Iceland to have such low infant mortality rates?
If we must still have deaths and ascribe them as collateral damage, then it means our doctors are incompetent, experimenting or systematically eliminating these babies. I am challenging the media to investigate the “List of Countries by Infant Mortality Rate” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_infant_mortality_rate).
There are 99 countries with higher rankings than we have, inclusive of St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Jamaica and the politically unstable Venezuela. Our health care system is either beyond failing, or our doctors are poorly trained or they are treating the populace as their guinea pigs.
Someone at the Health Ministry must be held accountable!