Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:17:21 GMT

Bengal reports more crib deaths, seven dead in 24 hours

Kolkata: The horror of crib deaths in West Bengal returned Wednesday with seven infants, aged between three hours to three months, dying in a 24-hour period in a hospital in Malda district.


Bengal reports more crib deaths, seven dead in 24 hours

The crib deaths, announced by Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya, took place at the Malda Medical College and Hospital.

"We have information that seven babies have died in Malda Medical College and Hospital. Only one baby was born in the hospital and the six others were referred cases," said Bhattacharya.

"Among them, one underweight baby came from Bihar and another baby came from Jharkhand with broncho-pneumonia," Bhattacharya said.

She added that three babies had come with low birth weight and two babies with broncho-pneumonia.

"Yes, seven babies have died in the last 24 hours. The babies were mostly premature born and underweight and some of them carried acute infections. The age of the babies ranged from three hours to three months," acting superintendent of the hospital, Subrata Som, said.

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