Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy Friday ordered a probe into the deaths of 11 infants in two days at a government-run hospital, allegedly due to clinical negligence.
He asked two ministers from Kurnool district to visit the Government General Hospital and take necessary action.
Seven babies died at the hospital Thursday, a day after four infants lost their lives, allegedly due to a defective oxygen supply system. All the babies were one to five days old.
The parents of the babies alleged that they died due to lack of oxygen supply through the ventilators. A pipeline that supplies oxygen to the neonatal ward was allegedly not working properly because of the negligence of hospital authorities.
Health Minister DL Ravindra Reddy said a team of officials and experts had been sent to Kurnool to ascertain the facts. He said action would be taken against the concerned officials if any lapses were found.
The hospital officials termed the deaths as "routine". Denying any negligence, they claimed that infants died due to post-natal complications. According to them, every day six to 10 newborn babies die at the hospital due to health complications.