Six more infants die in West Bengal's Malda District

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 11:30 hrs

Six more kids have reportedly died in West Bengal's Malda District in the last 24 hours

The death toll has risen to 19 since November 24.

The authorities at the hospital said that the conditions of the infants, brought from adjoining North and South Dinajpur districts is already critical and they were suffering from malnutrition.

Residents of the area complained on Tuesday that hospital staff failed to pay attention to the children.

"My child is admitted here for the past three days. We have been asking the hospital staff to examine my child, but they did not pay heed. When we go and ask questions, no one listens to us. We have not been getting any medical facility. We have bought the medicines, but no one is here to tell us the amount of dosage that we should give to the children," said Sudarshan Chatterjee, the father of an admitted infant.

Infant mortality is a vicious problem in the country. It is linked to related issues of early marriage, early pregnancy, inherent malnutrition and poor access to health services. And undoubtedly rural areas and slum clusters show the worst indicators.

Due to poverty many women are not able to afford health care services, and sometimes these services aren't even available in their area.

Nearly half these deaths are easily preventable. Cases of diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria are rampant in slums where there is no sanitation. This accounts for almost 40 percent of child deaths every year. (ANI)

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