As many as 15 infants reportedly died at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) situated in upper Assam in a time span of just six days, between November 1 and 6. The deaths have prompted the state health department to investigate the matter. A six-member committee has been instituted by the hospital authorities in order to probe the matter. As per Saurav Borkakoti, JMCH Superintendent, 15 newborns died at the special care newborn unit of the hospital in less than a week of November.
He, however, ensured that the deaths did not occur on account of medical negligence or apathy of the doctors. Borkakoti said that the figure of death may be large as the number of patients getting admitted to the hospital may have also been large. It also depends on in what situation the patients come to the hospital like low birth weight or prolonged labour. Under such circumstances, infants may die, the superintendent added.
He further said that the number of patients has risen, outnumbering the available 141-bed Special Newborn Care Units (SNCU) capacity ever since the civil hospital was converted into a full-fledged medical college and hospital. This has forced the hospital to accommodate more babies at times.