The Gauteng Department of Health will take disciplinary action against hospital workers who were involved in an incident during which two newborn babies were exchanged at the Tambo Memorial Hospital in Boksburg.
“The department regrets the incident,” said Kwara Kekana, a spokeswoman.
According to Kekana, the hospital admitted that the identification and discharge process of the babies was not properly followed.
“The two babies, a boy and a girl, were born on July 24. The baby girl’s mother realized at around 21:00, after she changed the baby’s nappy, that it was not her child because she had given birth to a baby girl and now has a baby boy. ”
According to Kekana, both children’s mothers received counseling after the incident. The issue was also immediately referred to social workers so that DNA tests could be done at the request of one of the fathers.
Those tests were done on Tuesday.
“Both babies are currently in the Tambo Memorial Hospital while awaiting the results of the DNA tests,” Kekana said.