Latest crisis in Panamá involves deaths of infants

The latest crisis in the Panamá public health care system is the death of at least eight newborns at the Arnulfo Arias Hospital Complex, according to the Panamá News that reported extensively on the situation.

Editor Eric Jackson said the rash of newborn deaths rattle an already troubled public health care system and said that President Ricardo Martinelli is into at least his third public hospital crisis and certain patterns seem to be holding from the past.

So far there has been no clear explanation of why the babies died, the newspaper said. The first deaths were reported June 12.

Jackson was critical of the lack of candor by the social security fund that operates the hospital. He said workers were told to keep their mouths shut about the situation.

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