The death toll of infants in the last seven days has risen to 21 with five more new-born dying today in the government-run Malda Sadar Hospital here,according to acting superintendent of the hospital M A Rashid.
He said the cause of the death of the five new born babies,in the last 24 hours,was due to under-weight and breathing problem.
“We are trying our best to tackle the problem but we have a weak infrastructure here. However,We are trying to address all these issues,” said Rashid.
Earlier,the hospital had 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.
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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. Another eighteen infants died at B C Roy Memorial Hospital For Children in Kolkata.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,also in-charge of the health department,had named a high-level task force to look into the rising infant death cases in state-run hospitals.
The task force had found that the Malda hospital lacks adequate number of doctors and health workers while the hygiene levels were also low.