Twelve more babies die in West Bengal

Thirteen babies have died in the BC Roy Children Hospital in Kolkata since October 25.

Burdwan : Close on the heels of the
death of 13 babies in a government hospital in Kolkata, 12
newborns have died in the Bardwan Medical College and Hospital
here.

The deaths have taken place since yesterday, hospital
deputy superintendent Tapas Kumar Ghosh said on Friday.

"The one-to-three days old babies were heavily under
weight and suffering from jaundice, encephalitis and
septicemia", Ghosh said.

No complaint was lodged against the hospital for the
deaths by any patient party, Ghosh said, adding doctors did
their best to save the lives of the babies, but all were born
with critical conditions.

The hospital, he said, was overcrowded as 160 infants
were currently being treated in 60 beds. The hospital needed
more nursing staff and modern equipment, he said.

Thirteen babies have died in the B C Roy Children
Hospital in Kolkata since October 25.

The crib deaths have raised questions on the medical care
at West Bengal`s largest referral hospital for children
following accusations of negligence by parents but Hospital
authorities maintained there is "nothing abnormal" or
"unusual" in the deaths because the babies are brought in an
"extremely critical" condition.

The state government gave a clean chit to the hospital
holding there was no medical negligence or any lapse on the
part of hospital authorities.

PTI

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