91 infant deaths within a month at Kota hospital

91 infant deaths within a month at Kota hospital

Agency News

The number of infants who died during treatment at JK Lone Hospital in Rajasthan's Kota continues to rise.

As many as dozens infants have died at the medical facility within the last five days, taking the toll in December to 91. Until Friday, the hospital had recorded 77 deaths in December, 12 within the week and 940 in the whole year. The rising toll has forced Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to set up a high-level committee of expert doctors and subject experts to inquire the case of deaths of newborns and submit a report at the earliest to take steps to reduce such incidents in the future.

The three-member team comprising Dr Amarjeet Mehta, Dr Rambabu Sharma and Dr Sunil Bhatnagar will submit its report in two days following which action will be taken, Rajasthan Medical Education Secretary Vaibhav Galariya informed media during a press on Monday.

During his preliminary inquiries, it was found that a slew of systematic and infrastructural deficiencies plaguing the hospital. The deficiencies included an inadequate supply of oxygen to the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The government has the hospital administration to make use of available resources and work with team spirit to ensure children coming from different places get better treatment.

The JK Lone Hospital is the largest hospital in the Kota-Bundi parliamentary constituency, which is represented by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.