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Seven newborn babies die in 24 hours at hospital in Assam

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Guwahati: Seven newborn babies died in 24 hours at a government medical college and hospital in Assam, a little over a month after the recent deaths of 60 infants at a Gorakhpur hospital within days.

The deaths were reported from the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and Hospital in western Assam’s Barpeta. According to reports, five of the newborns died between 7 pm and 11:35 pm on Wednesday while two others died on Thursday.

Locals alleged that the deaths were caused by medical negligence and inadequacy of medical facilities. They claimed that 26 doctors had “resigned” from the hospital over the past few months. The state’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, however, attributed the deaths to the “critical nature” of the cases.

Barpeta deputy commissioner (district magistrate), Thaneswar Malakar, told media,  that a senior official of the National Rural Health Mission had rushed to the hospital and was taking stock of the situation along with officials of the district administration.

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