Vijay Rupani
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani

On Sunday an official said, as many as 200 infants have died during treatment at a government-run hospital in Ahmedabad and Rajkot in December last year.

The infants’ death rate stand at 18.68 per cent of the total children admitted at the Ahmedabad Civic Hospital in the month, GS Rathod, the hospital’s superintendent said.

“In December, 455 newborns were admitted in the neonatal intensive care unit (ICU), of them,” Rathod said.

Rathod, however, said that the children’s death saw an over six per cent decline compared to the deaths during December in the previous year, 2018.

“Since it is a referral hospital and tertiary care centre, we receive children from farflung areas of Gujarat. Due to this, the death rate is considerably high,” the superintendent said.

He said that over 265 children were referred to Ahmedabad Civic Hospital from other hospitals, constituting over 58 per cent of the total number of children admitted.

He further said: “Due to availability of NICO, PICO and other facilities and prompt treatment by our doctors led to decrease from 25 per cent.”

The official said that premature birth was a major reason behind the children’s deaths.

However, on Sunday, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani refused to answer questions from journalists and walked away when asked about reports of deaths of almost 200 children and infants in two government hospitals in Rajkot and Ahmedabad.

The opposition has lashed out at the BJP over the death of the children including newborns in civil hospitals in Rajkot and Ahmedabad.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Kota’s JK Lon hospital reached 110 after three more deaths were reported on Sunday.

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