Malda: 25 babies die in 6 days

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Malda, Nov 8: 25 babies have died in Malda Medical College and Hospital in the last 6 days. As per the authorities, six babies died on November 2, two on November 3, four on 4th, five on 5th, four on 6th and four on November 7. However, M A Rashid, the vice-principal of the college said that 13 babies died in the last 72 hours, which is far below the National Average.

He said,"We want each of them to be hale and hearty, but despite the best effort of doctors and nurses we can't help always". He further claimed that some of the babies were born in home and some were brought in from Bihar and Jharkhand. Most of them were under-weight and suffered from asphyxia. He said that at present 200 babies were being treated at the medical college.

Although no concrete reason has been found behind the deaths, doctors say that low birth weight could be one of the reasons behind the mortality rates in winter. MP MOusam Noor said,"But how is the health department passing the buck to premature birth and low weight? Nutrition of the mother is also the responsibility of the health department."

Meanwhile, Dengue cases have also increased in the area. 22 patients, including 9 women were admitted with symptoms of dengue since Thursday evening.

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