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15 newborns die in Assam hospital in 6 days, probe ordered

Press Trust of India  |  Jorhat/Guwahati 

At least 15 newborns have died at Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) in upper between November 1 and 6, prompting the to rush a team to investigate the matter, officials said Friday.

The hospital authorities have also formed a committee to look into the matter, they said.

According to Saurav Borkakoti, 15 newborns have died at the special care newborn unit of the hospital between November 1 and 6.

Borkakoti, however, claimed the deaths were not due to medical negligence or neglect of the hospital.

"Sometimes the number of patients coming to the hospital may be large and so the figure of death of newborns may also be large. It depends in what situation the patients have come to the hospital. They may have come with prolonged labour, with low birth weight. In such circumstances, those newborns may die," Borkakoti said.

He said ever since the civil hospital was converted into a full-fledged medical college and hospital, the number of patients have soared, exceeding the available 141 bed SNCU capacity. This has forced the hospital to sometimes accommodate more babies, he said.

The hospital has formed a six-member committee to probe the deaths, Borkakoti said.

Health Minister told reporters that a team of experts, including the assisted by UNICEF and a paediatric doctor from and Hospital along with another doctor of Medical College and Hospial, Dibrugarh have proceeded to to investigate the deaths.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 23:10 IST
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