Published On : Fri, Sep 8th, 2017

Maharashtra: 55 newborns died in Nashik Hospital in August due to lack of ventilators

Ventilators, Newborns Deaths, Nashik

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Nashik: s many as 55 infants died in the special newborn care unit of the Nashik Civil Hospital in August, but authorities denied the deaths were due to medical negligence.

Since April, 187 infants have died in the unit with 55 deaths reported in August, Nashik civil surgeon Suresh Jagdale said.

“Most of these deaths occurred because the infants were brought from private hospitals in a stage in which there is less chance of recovery. The deaths were also due to reasons like premature birth and lung weakness,” Jagdale said.

The civil surgeon said there was “no medical negligence” in any of the cases. “There are 18 incubators, and we have to keep two, sometimes three, children in one due to the paucity of space,” he said.