Minister claims 3 percent drop in child mortality
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 19:39
Kolkata: As one more hospital is added on Saturday to the list of hospitals where infant deaths occurred in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress-led government claimed there had been a three per cent drop in child mortality ever since it took over eight months ago.

''There has been a three per cent drop in the child mortality rate in the last eight months in the state when the new government took over,'' minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya told reporters on the sidelines of a function in the Medical College and Hospital here.

Quoting data of the Union Health Ministry, she said that West Bengal now ranked 15th in child mortality rate all over the country.

The minister said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had already dubbed the recent hue and cry over infant deaths as a 'drama'.

She said that efforts had been made by the state government to activate all sick neo-natal care units in state hospitals.

''We fail to realise as to why the sick neo-natal care units were not made functional by the previous Left Front government,'' Bhattacharya said.

Nine babies died today in the state-run Behrampore Hospital in Murshidabad district since last night.

In the Malda Sadar Hospital 110 infant deaths took place between January one and January 27.


First Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 19:39

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