Kolkata, Jan 19 (IANS) The number of crib deaths in West Bengal’s Malda district hospital shot up to 14 after seven more babies were reported dead Thursday, a health official said.
“In last 24 hours, (since last night) seven babies have died in Malda district hospital. Fifty percent of the babies were underweight and the rest of them were brought to the hospital in a critical condition,” said S.K. Jahariap, chief medical officer, Malda.
A total of 14 babies have died in the Malda district hospital since Jan 17. In the past two months, eight babies have died in the hospital.
Between Oct 25-28 last year, 16 babies died at the B.C. Roy Children’s Hospital, the only children’s referral hospital in Kolkata. The Burdwan Medical College and Hospital reported 12 infant deaths Oct 27-28.
In June, 2011, 18 babies died at the B.C. Roy Children’s Hospital.