Infant deaths rise to over 100 in Kota

Wednesday 08th January 2020 06:14 EST

Kota city, in Rajasthan, was rocked by the death of 12 infants in last week of December 2019 in JK Lon Hospital. Since then, the death toll of newborns in the same hospital has risen to 107, till January 6. According to a report by the superintendent of JK Lon Hospital, a total of 940 death cases were registered in the same hospital in the year 2019. The Centre asked Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot to “avoid preventable deaths" in the wake of infant deaths in Kota. According to State Health Secretary Vaibhav Galriya, the reason of the deaths was systematic and infrastructural deficiencies. Recently, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPR) found broken windows and gates, pigs inside the hospital campus and acute shortage of staff during inspection of the hospital. The JK Lon Hospital has described the deaths of infants as 'not an usual trend'.

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