Six Infant Die in Madhya Pradesh, Health Minister Orders Probe

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Bhopal, January 15– After Kota and Rajkot, the latest state witnessing death of infants is Madhya Pradesh.

In a span of 13 hours (between Monday evening and Tuesday morning) six infants have reportedly died at a hospital in Shahdol district of the state. The children belonged to tribal families of Shahdol and the adjoining Anuppur district.

A probe has been ordered by state health minister Tulsi Silawat.

According to a report in The Times of India, the officials who are being blamed for negligence, have offered the explaination that the medical staff should not be blamed as the infants were already sick by the time they were brought to the hospital, so it was already too late. and some had been brought to the hospital in a critical condition. There were no lapses by medical staff.

It only took a span of four hours for three infants to die, i.e. at 6.50pm and 7.30pm. A fourth infant died at 3.30am on January 14 followed by another at 6am. The sixth death was at 7.50am.

Two of the infants had been admitted there for around a fortnight. The infants, who were less than six-month old, were admitted in the general ward, special neonatal care unit (SNCU) and paediatric ICU of the hospital.

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