Kolkata: After the inspection of BC Roy Hospital where 18 new-born died in a short span of three days, state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave a clean chit to the hospital authorities. After the Health Secretary, the CM too cleared the hospital authorities of all the allegations on negligence in treatment of newly born children.

During her visit to the hospital on Saturday, Banerjee inspected the wards and spoke to the mothers. She said, “There is an urgent need of a Childcare Hospital in Kolkata, and the required efforts in the regard are being made.”

Banerjee disagreed from any negligence in the medical treatment of the kids admitted in the BC Roy Hospital, but accepted that the hospital lacked the required resources. “The required facilities would be soon provided to the hospital,” she added.

Commenting on the recent child deaths, she said, “Due to poor medical facilities in rural belts, children belonging to deep remote areas are brought to the hospital in an extremely critical condition.”

Banerjee further added, “It is disheartening that 40,000 infants die every year in the state. Bengal is on the fourth spot in child mortality rate after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. I will discuss the issue with the Prime Minister and The Planning Commission.” She did not fail to mention that there has been a 10 percent decline in the child mortality rate in hospitals.

(JPN/Bureau)