WB: Five more babies die in Malda hospital

Malda: With the death of five new borns, the toll of infant deaths at the Malda Sadar Hospital in the past five days rose to 16, authorities on Tuesday said.

Most of the five children who died last night and the other 11 who died since December 23 were under-weight and born with breathing problems, hospital officials said.

The children could not be saved despite sincere efforts, they said. The hospital had also reported death of 26 babies in a period of six days from November 11.

Reports of crib deaths have been coming from various parts of the state recently.

While 23 babies died in 10 days since December 15 in Suri Sadar Hospital, 12 children died in a day on October 28 in Burdwan Hospital and 18 infants died at B C Roy Memorial Hospital For Children in Kolkata.