Six newborns die in Kota hospital within six hours

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Kota: Six infants died at Kota’s Jay Kay Lon Mother & Child Hospital between Sunday night and Monday morning. Hospital superintendent Dr R K Gulati said that a committee has been formed to look into the matter. “Out of six newborns, three suffered from severe birth asphyxia and three others died due extreme low birth weight. Despite that, we have formed a committee to get into the details of the matter and report it to us,” Dr Gulati added.

The first death of the newborn was reported at 11 pm when Kota resident Azad’s daughter died, later at 12.40 am, the twins died. On morning, three other infants died. According to doctors, the patients from Madhya Pradesh and other surrounding regions and districts flock to the hospital as JK Lon is the only big hospital in those areas. 

Dr Amrit Lal Bairwa, a senior doctor at the hospital, said that all the deaths were result of natural cause. “We are looking into the matter but first we need to understand that three infants who were born were extremely underweight and we did our best to provide the treatment,” he added. Another doctor said that six deaths in quick succession were ‘coincidence’. 

“Three infants weighed between 700 gram to 1 kg. Often in these conditions, infants die. In another incident, two were twins and one suffered from severe birth asphyxia. But since the matter has snowballed into a controversy, the hospital has set up a committee to look into the deaths,” the doctor added.

Sources said, all six children were 18 hours to two-day old. Meanwhile, Dr. Gulati denied any laxity on the part of the hospital administration and said that a committee report will further clear the causes of death.