Infant deaths in Indian hospital trigger probe


AFP

KOLKATA, India — Authorities have ordered a probe into the deaths of 35 newborn babies in four days at a run-down hospital in eastern India, a minister said Wednesday amid allegations of neglect. The deaths occurred due to pneumonia and septicaemia among the infants, who were all born prematurely at a large state-run hospital in West Bengal state. Officials said the 600-bed hospital lacked basic facilities, with 140 children cramped into wards with only 40 beds.

“Many children are accommodated on the floor due to non-availability of beds,” the state’s top health official Sanchita Bakshi said.