Kolkata: Eleven babies have died in the last 2 days at the Malda Medical College and Hospital in the Malda district where barely two months back 20 newborns had died. Over 210 deaths have been reported this year from this same hospital.
Six of the 11 babies were less than 28 days old. There's no clarity yet on what was the cause of the deaths
Six of them died in the newly-opened Sick New-born Care Unit in the hospital where only critical patients are admitted. Three others died in the general pediatric ward.
All of them were brought from rural hospitals with complications of low birth weight and varying degrees of breathing trouble.
West Bengal has been beset with children's deaths in hospitals across several districts since early last year.
Between Oct 25 and 28 last year, 16 babies died at the BC Roy Children's Hospital, the only children's referral hospital in Kolkata.
Earlier in July 18 of the same year, 18 infants had died there. The Burdwan Medical College and Hospital had reported 12 infant deaths on October 27-28, last year.