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Slamming lack of infrastructure at West Bengal’s Malda district hospital where a series of crib deaths occurred in October and November this year, India’s supreme child rights panel Saturday said the hospital does not have requisite facilities to treat newborns.

According to a release here Saturday, a five-member team, led by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) member Vinod Kumar Tikoo, visited the Malda Medical College and District Hospital to inquire into the causes leading to neonatal deaths in the recent past.

At least 30 crib deaths occurred in the hospital in October and November.

The team Thuersday visited the children’s ward, the neonatal ward, the maternity ward and even the labour room of the hospital, where 18 crib deaths took place between Nov 9 and 14, and was ‘disappointed’ with the cleanliness of the wards.

‘The hospital did not have the requisite infrastructure for treatment of the newborns. There is no micro anaesthiser or ventilator machine. Despite the fact that the chief minister in the recent past provided additional warmers in the hospital, the hygiene conditions are not proper,’ Tikoo said.

The NCPCR also urged the hospital authorities to make the parents of the infants as well as the hospital staff aware of the different heath schemes available for those belonging to the marginalised sections of the society and the enabling benefits that can be availed by them.

The visiting team would be submitting a report to the commission, the release said.


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