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Report Lifts Lid on Montenegro's Dirty Hospitals

An inspection of public healthcare institutions across Montenegro has uncovered major problems with hygiene.  

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN
Podgorica

 

A searing indictment of the state of cleanliness in all 15 Montenegrin hospitals was published on Wednesday showing the presence of dangerous bacteria and poor standards of hygiene.

Of more than 400 surveyed samples taken in November and December, more than 30 per cent registered bacteria, media reported.

The worst situation was found in the general hospital in Niksic, where in addition to clinical surfaces, bacteria was found among employees. Hospitals in the towns of Bijelo Polje and Pljevlja, both in the north, also top the list.

Two private hospitals were also monitored in which several samples tested positive for bacteria.

The Ministry of Health last November ordered the thorough check of hygienic conditions in public health institutions after a deadly virus claimed an infant's life in a hospital in the north and four more were infected.

Doctors confirmed that the babies had contracted sepsis and meningitis from an infection.

After the affair erupted, Health Minister Miodrag Radunovic resigned, the management of the maternity ward in Bijelo Polje was sacked and the state prosecution opened an investigation to determine responsibility for the infections.

The Ministry of Health has been silent on the latest findings of the hospital inspections but parliament's committee on health has announced that it will insist on the authorithies determining who is responsible for the problems.

They also urged inspection authorithies to check hospitals more often in future, in order to prevent new infections.

"I will be filing an initiative seeking immediate re-election of directors of all health care institution in Montenegro," one committee member, Zorica Kovacevic, told TV Vijesti.

 

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