13 infants die in Purulia Sadar Deben Mahato Hospital

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Infant deaths
Purulia (WB), June 10: Thirteen infants have died at the Purulia Sadar Deben Mahato Hospital here since last Friday, the hospital authorities confirmed today.

Most of the infants were in the age group of 0-11 months, Hospital Superintendent Nilanjana Sen said. While eight deaths were reported on Friday, three infants died on Saturday and two deaths were reported yesterday, the superintendent further added.

The infants, who were brought to the Sadar hospital from the block-level hospitals, were suffering from complications like low birth weight, malnutrition, dehydration, and meningitis, the superintendent said. Citing the difficulties of the Sadar hospital in treating such patients, the superintendent said the neo-natal unit has only ten beds which needs to be increased.

On an average, 15-20 infants in serious condition are referred to the Sadar hospital from the block-level hospitals daily, she said.

PTI

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