Guwahati (Assam), Nov.10:
At least 15 newborns have died at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) in Assambetween November 1 and 6, prompting the State health department to rush a team to investigate the matter, officials said on Friday.
The hospital authorities have also formed a committee toprobe the matter, they said.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters that a team of experts, including the director of medical education assisted by UNICEF and a paediatric doctor from Gauhati Medical College and Hospital along with another doctor of Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh have proceeded to Jorhat to investigate the deaths.
According to JMCH superintendent Saurav Borkakoti, 15 newborns have died at the special care newborn unit of the hospital between November 1 and 6. Mr. Borkakoti, however, claimed the deaths were not due to medical negligence or neglect of the hospital.
“Sometimes the number of patients coming to the hospital may be large and so the figure of deathof newborns may also be large. It depends in what situation the patients have come to the hospital. They may have come with prolonged labour, with low birth weight. In such circumstances, those newborns may die,” Mr. Borkakoti said.