West Bengal: 8 children die in Malda hospital; 17 others admitted

The children, aged between 1-6 years, were admitted here with high fever, vomiting and convulsion on Thursday night.

By: Press Trust of India | Malda | Updated: June 7, 2014 1:07 pm
malda Three more children were admitted here with similar symptoms on Saturday, officials said. (source: PTI)

At least eight children died and 17 others were hospitalised after suffering from an unidentified illness at Malda Medical College and Hospital in West Bengal.

“The children, aged between 1-6 years, were admitted here with high fever, vomiting and convulsion on Thursday night. The children died in the past couple of days,” Superintendent-cum-Vice Principal of the medical college M A Rashid said.

All the affected children hail from Kaliachak-I, Kaliachak-II and Kaliachak-III blocks of Malda district, officials said.

Rashid said, “The symptoms started with fever and vomiting. It soon intensified and culminated in convulsions, leading to death of the children.” A team of specialists from School of Tropical Medicine in Kolkata will visit the area on Saturday.

Three more children were admitted here with similar symptoms on Saturday, officials said.

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    A S
    Jun 7, 2014 at 9:24 am
    Very sad state of affairs. Very talented doctors are in WB. But management deficiencies leading to deaths. I asked several patients from WB at Apollo Hospital Chennai why they come all the way from Kolkata. They report poor quality of services, particularly para medical.
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      Girish
      Jun 7, 2014 at 7:41 am
      over the years, i've been wondering why a lot of child deaths happen in bengal but an answer is yet to reveal itself.
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        Citizen
        Jun 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm
        Everyone should be ashamed of this!!!! Hope authorities concerned would look into the root cause of this and prevent future incidents like this by educating people about proper vaccinations, hygiene, etc along with family planning methods and the spacing of children how it is going to improve the health ofthe child and mother along with thefinancial health of the family. Jaihind
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