The Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi has come under the scanner of the National Human Rights Commission, which has sent a notice to both the medical superintendent of the hospital and the Union Health Secretary following a complaint which alleged that more than 8,200 children have died at the hospital in the last five years.
The complaint was filed by R H Bansal who said that over 8,200 children under five years of age have died at the hospital over the last five years.
Bansal also said that 3,000 of the children who died were newborns and underlined the poor infrastructure at the hospital, citing faulty ventilators, lack of essential services and unhygienic conditions.
"He has also alleged that five out of 18 ventilators for children were not functional. The conditions were unhygienic and there was an acute shortage of essential services at the hospital. He has also alleged that women were also dying during pregnancy in the hospital", the NHRC statement said.