Kolkata: In view of the recent incident of death of 11 infants reported from the Malda district hospital in West Bengal, parents and guardians of the deceased have come on road to protest against the administration and the management of the hospital for its poor functioning and treatment to patients here.

Holding the management of the hospital responsible for the incident, parents of the children protested against the hospital authorities when death of 11 infants occurred after the treatment of 36 hours in the district hospital.

In the last two months, about 34 infant deaths were reported from the Malda Sadar district hospital alone which had created an uproar from the people of the state against the administration.

On the incident of recurring infant deaths, State Minister for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya said  “the children who died here were already in critical condition. They were referred to Malda from different health centers of the state as some of  them were underweight or suffering from pneumonia and bronchitis.”

She added, “A detailed report will be sent to the Chief Minister. However, there are conspiracies being plotted against the health department .”

Taking stock of the situation of frequent child deaths at state-run hospitals of West Bengal, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) questioned on the child health services in the state. Though the members of the commission had already reported about the poor condition and management of the hospital in the last November.

JPN/Bureau