Kolkata: Underlining yet again the poor health infrastructure in West Bengal's government hospitals, six babies have died in a Malda district hospital, officials said on Thursday.

"Since Wednesday morning, six more babies have died. All of them were underweight. They were brought to the hospital in a very critical condition," H. Ari, Superintendent of Malda Sadar Hospital said.

However, Ari admitted that the hospital lacks a neo-natal unit and assured that a specialised infant unit will come up very soon in the hospital.

Between October 25 and 28, 16 babies died at the B.C. Roy Children's Hospital - the only children's referral hospital in Kolkata. The Burdwan Medical College and Hospital reported 12 infant deaths October 27-28.

Earlier in June, 18 babies had died at the B.C. Roy Children's Hospital.

Banerjee had then ordered a probe into the matter but later gave a clean chit to the authorities.

(Agencies)