Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Nine newborns die in Ahmedabad government hospital in a day

Nine newborns die in Ahmedabad government hospital in a day

At least nine new-borns have reportedly died at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in Gujarat, in nearly 24 hours. Trying to defend the nine deaths at the hospital, the committee also emphasised, "All over India, the mortality rate of premature babies is 70%, which means only 30% kids survive".

As news of the infant fatalities began filtering out of the hospital, the initial reaction of the hospital management and the government was to clam up.

Five infants, referred from Lunawada (Mahisagar district), Surendranagar (town in Saurashtra), Mansa (Gandhinagar district), Viramgam (Ahmedabad district) and Himmatnagar (Sabarkantha district), were brought with severe life threatening conditions such as extremely low birth weight (around 1.1 kg), hyaline membrane disease, early onset of septicaemia and disseminated intra-vascular coagulation, it added.

Besides, four babies born at the civil hospital "died due to lethal complications such as severe birth asphyxia and meconium aspiration", the Gujarat government said in a press release.

Civil Hospital records - accessed by The Indian Express - show that 478 infants were admitted in the Paediatrics ward in August - of them, 137 infants died.

"While a newborn died of cancer, another succumbed to complications arising out of extremely low birth weight", Prabhakar said.

Nine infants, including five referred from other public hospitals in critical condition, died at the Government Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

"This is a very sad incident, and we have already appointed a committee to look into the reasons", Chief Minister Vijay Rupani reportedly said. "As far as the hospital administration is concerned, there nothing to be blamed for and everything was found satisfactorily", Jayanti Ravi, health commissioner, Gujarat, told media persons.

Meanwhile, members of opposition Congress protested outside the office of the superintendent of the hospital over the infant deaths.

Eight newborn babies had died at the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College Hospital (FAAMC) in Assam's Barpeta district in a span of two days, triggering a major controversy. Parents, however, alleged negligence and said that no senior doctors were available at the hospital.

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