Guwahati, Oct 5: In a recent spate of children deaths, At least eight newborns lost their lives in a medical college in Assam within a 24 hours — five on Wednesday night and three on Thursday, a hospital official said.
The latest incident is reported from the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and Hospital in Barpeta.
The college’s Principal-cum-Chief Superintendent Dilip Kumar Dutta on Thursday,
However, the college authorities were denying any medical negligence, attributing the deaths to birth asphyxia, a medical condition resulting from deprivation of oxygen to a newborn during the birth process and lasting long enough to cause physical harm, usually to the brain.
Principal-cum-Chief Superintendent Dilip Kumar Dutta told news agency IANS, “The babies were born with severe low weight like 1 kg, 2 kg, 2.2 kg. The mothers were admitted later then expected in the hospital, leading to the situation. Unfortunately we could not save them”.
Meanwhile, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the babies were in sick newborn care unit and received proper medical attention but it was the critical nature of the cases that resulted to death.
“Two mothers were of 20 years of age,” he said, adding that the college is witnessing a slowdown in Infant Mortality Rate this year compared to 2016.
The Assam government has sent the director medical education and consultant from UNICEF to investigate the death.
As per the reports the hospital is the newest addition to the medical education scenario in the state, which was inaugurated in 2011 and the fifth medical college in Assam.