The board of the University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI, says it has established a task force to monitor and review operations at the facility to ensure the quick implementation of recommendations from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO and operational best practices.

This in the wake of the scandal surrounding the death of 8 premature babies at the hospital between June and September this year.

In a statement today the UHWI says the team is comprised of representatives from the hospital board, senior staff members and the Health Ministry.

The team is tasked to monitor the development at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU, to ensure strict adherence to established protocols and procedures.

The task force will also conduct a comprehensive review of the management structures of the institution and issue biweekly updates.

The Chairman of the hospital board, Sterling Soares, says an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the outbreak of bacterial infection at the hospital, revealed serious breaches of reporting and standard operational protocols.

He says the probe also found a lack of sufficient urgency on the part of the hospital management to efficiently deal with problems that have arisen from time to time.

Mr. Soares says the board is deeply saddened by the loss of lives and will be monitoring the implementation of the necessary measures to ensure that the environment at the institution, its processes and protocols are reinforced beyond any question.