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Six more infants die in Kolkata hospital.

SIX more deaths were reported on Sunday from Dr B. C. Roy Memorial Children's Hospital in Kolkata, taking the toll to 41 in last five days.

The hospital, where most of the infants are brought from interiors of West Bengal, has been in the news for high crib deaths.

State medical officers, however, have rejected negligence on the part of hospital authorities for the deaths. " Infant deaths and its mounting figure are being reported in the media. But one must understand that it is a referral children's hospital with about 220 neonatal beds, one of the largest in the country, where medical treatment is provided at absolutely free of cost," Chairman of the Health department's Special Task Force ( STF), Tridib Banerjee said.

He said the average infant mortality rate at the hospital is about 4- 5 per day. " Since the number of patients had increased suddenly, the mortality rate also went up.

Most of the deaths occurred within 24- hour of arrival. We are taking all necessary measures to address the issue," Banerjee said. Additional doctors, nurses and medical staff have been brought to the hospital for strengthening service, he said.

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Date:Sep 9, 2013
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