Ministry: Asphyxia caused baby’s death

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KUALA LUMPUR ― The Health Ministry (MOH) has confirmed that the death of a newborn baby in Johor Baru on Feb 4 was due to shortness of breath (asphyxia) after the baby’s head was stuck in the mother’s perineum during a footling breech delivery at home.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the birth of the baby was supervised by an individual who was not a certified health personnel.

“The MOH has strong evidence and witnesses for this case and the Sultan Ismail Hospital has also lodged a police report on the matter,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement.

However, he said no ministry staff had been called by the police to give a statement on the case so far.

“The MOH views the case seriously and expresses regret over the incident as it was an avoidable infant mortality case.

“Our condolences to the parents and families of the baby,” he added.

The case went viral on social media after the baby was said to have died of complications. ― Bernama