Assam: 49 children die in govt hospital in 2 month

Last Updated: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 17:42

Karimganj: At least 49 children have
died in the past two months at a government hospital in
south Assam`s Barak Valley.

The children, in the age group of 0-12 years, have died
at the Karimganj Civil Hospital, according to a senior
official of the hospital.

"Over 40 children have died in the hospital since
January. They had been admitted to the hospital on account of
various ailments including diarrhoea and dysentery," Karimganj
Civil Hospital Incharge Superintendent, Swapan Kumar Sen told
a news agency.

The latest incident occurred last night when another baby
died and this led to a minor law and order problem at the
hospital`s premises, he said.

The parents of the children who expired have alleged
that the death occurred due to negligence of the attending
doctor.

District authorities have assured of a magisterial
inquiry.

"I will send a magistrate to the hospital tomorrow to
find out the facts," Karimganj district Deputy Commissioner J
Borgiary said.

All the deaths have taken place in the hospital`s
paediatrics ward.

The hospital is the only major state sector health care
centre of its kind in the entire district, which has a
population of 12.5 lakh.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 17:42

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