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Eight newborns die in Indian hospital in 24 hrs

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Health Desk—Oct 06, 2017: At least eight newborns died in a medical college in Assam’s Barpeta district in 24 hours—five on Wednesday night and three on Thursday, a hospital official said.

The deaths were reported from the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and Hospital in Barpeta.

The college’s Principal-cum-Chief Superintendent Dilip Kumar Dutta on Thursday, however, denied any medical negligence, attributing the deaths to birth asphyxia, a medical condition resulting from deprivation of oxygen to a newborn during the birth process and lasting long enough to cause physical harm, usually to the brain.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the babies were in sick newborn care unit and received proper medical attention but it was the critical nature of the cases that led to death.