The number of infant deaths in West Bengal continues to rise with latest reports revealing 17 more deaths in space of the last 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 30 in the last three days.
All of the deaths occurred at the state-run Burdwan Medical College and BC Roy Children's Hospital with the later accounting for 17 deaths. The health authorities are yet to find out the exact cause that led to the deaths.
AdvertisementAuthorities at the hospitals are trying to claim that the situation is normal. Burdwan Medical College and Hospital deputy superintendent Tapas Kumar Ghosh told the India Today that the babies were underweight and were suffering from "jaundice, encephalitis and septicemia."
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is yet to come out and state the steps taken by her government to prevent further deaths.