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While 4,356 deaths were reported between April and September in 2017, 4,126 infants died for the same corresponding period this year.
A new UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation report said 6,05,000 neonatal deaths were reported in India in 2017, while the number of deaths among children aged 5-14 was 1,52,000.
It was reported in Express that the bodies of 80 stillborns had been rotting at the hospital’s morgue for over a month. On an average, 20 to 25 infant deaths take place in a week at the said hospital.
In August 2017, as many as 60 infants died, allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur in August last year.
Out of a total of 777 infants, born in the hospital as well as those admitted from outside, between January 1 and May 20 this year, 111 could not survive.
Khan, who worked as nodal officer at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College, was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday.
NHRC took suo moto cognisance of reports about the death of more than 100 infants in July and August at MGM Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur and issued a notice to Jharkhand chief secretary.