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Eleven infants die in Malda Hospital in 24-hour


C S BHATTACHARJEE | Kolkata, January 18, 2012 17:52
Tags : Infant deaths in Bengal | Malda Sadar Hospital |Chandrima Bhattacharya |

Once again the news of infant deaths has come to haunt West Bengal government. At least eleven newborns died at the Malda Sadar Hospital in 24-hour after they were admitted in critically ill condition.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed Minister of State for Health, Chandrima Bhattacharya, pleaded that the number of dead infants was seven only and not 11.

Speaking to reporters, Chandrima said, “These infants died due to malnutrition, bronchial and respiratory problems and not due to doctors’ negligence.”

She also said that some of these infants came from neighbouring states like Bihar and Jharkhand and were referred to the hospital from primary health centres in critical condition.
According to reports, nine infants died in Malda Hospital on Tuesday, while two more deaths were reported on Wednesday morning.

The Malda District Hospital authorities have admitted the deaths and claimed that infants died due to respiratory and breathing problems.

Earlier, doctors have cited lack of infrastructure and facilities for crib deaths in the state.

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