Two infants die in J&K hospital allegedly due to negligence after power cut

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 14:03 hrs

Baramulla: Lack of power supply allegedly snatched the lives of two infants in a government hospital in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla on Friday evening, media reports said.

The infants' kin have alleged that the babies, who were on ventilation, were not provided with generator service when the electricity supply went off, said reports on Sunday.

The hospital officials allegedly failed to turn on the generator for two hours on Friday evening.

The mother of one of the infants told NDTV that "the superintendent killed my babies."

"There was no electricity, not even a candle. Even the nurse was missing. We were holding our babies under the light of the mobile phones," she was quoted on the channel.

She said the babies died because there was no staff in the hospital, and nobody to turn on the generator.

An open enquiry into the matter headed by three specialist doctors from various hospitals across the valley, has been initiated by the state health department.

The incident follows just two days after a senior doctor, accused of murdering a newborn in a government hospital, was arrested by the J&K Police.

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