Eleven infants reportedly died in the last 48 hours at the Malda Medical College and Hospital. Hospital authorities have,however,ruled out medical negligence.
The infants who died were less than a year old. Most of them were grossly underweight. In the past 24 hours,seven infants have died at the hospital, a senior hospital official said. Of the infants,there were a triplet born to a woman,a senior official said. However,all the three died within hours of delivery,the official said.
Meanwhile,Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury,Union minister for health said the condition in government hospitals across the state have deteriorated. Government hospitals run according to the whims of the state ministers,he added.