Purulia: Thirteen babies have been reported dead over the past 36 hours in the Purulia district in West Bengal. The children, suffering from meningitis were admitted to the Purulia Sadar Hospital in a critical condition.
The babies aged between one and seven years were mostly underweight and malnourished. The district administration, in a knee-jerk reaction, has said that they will increase the number of beds in sick neonatal care unit of the hospital.
Meanwhile, SUCI activists took to the streets to protest the deaths and the administration's civic apathy in the area.