More than ten infants die in a government hospital in Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh.
The infants died due to poor treatment and lack of medical infrastructure at of the S V R Ruia Government General Hospital.
A relative of one of the victims, Subbamma, said that many parents had lost their children as they were not provided with medical treatment on time.
"Deaths occurred due to improper and delay in treatment. The doctors are saying that the parents and the attendants do not know anything about the treatment. More than 10 infants died," said Subbamma.
Meanwhile, hospital superintendent Veeraswamy disagreed with the allegations levelled by the family members.
"Proper and right treatment was provided on time with proper supply of oxygen to all. Most of the babies were born due to premature delivery. They were underweight and there was no possibility of their survival. The condition of few of the babies was critical and they were on the deathbed," said Dr. Veeraswamy.
India's infant mortality rates show that 48 babies per 1,000 die within the first year of birth, compared to 17 in similar emerging economies like Brazil, or 16 in China, according to the World Health Organisation.
Many rural health centers are poorly maintained and run-down, with only the most basic equipment. There are not enough health workers, and there is a high level of absenteeism due to a lack of incentives and low salaries.
Despite India's rapid economic growth, its healthcare system has remained in the doldrums and is struggling with high rates of child and maternal deaths India accounts for a fifth of all newborn deaths from such preventable diseases as diarrhoea and pneumonia.