On Saturday afternoon, seven infants, who had symptoms of low birth weight and respiratory problems, lost their lives in the Malda Medical College.

“To deal with the situation, more nursing staff have been put on duty in the neonatal, paediatrics and sick new-born critical care unit,” said an official.

“Besides, 14 doctors have been deputed in the three wards and they would work for extended hours. The hospital has already requested the state government for more doctors,” the official added.

Vice-Principal, Malda Medical College and Hospital, MK Rasid, said that they were pondering over taking quick steps to introduce a new infant ward equipped with the latest health care facilities.

Meanwhile, a medical training camp for the hospital staff has been organised in the hospital to save the infants. It is reported that 39 infants died so far due to the same cause.

It is worth mentioning that the government hospital was in the news for the death of 23 infants due to an unspecified illness in June.


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