The hospital suspended the operator who is in-charge of the oxygen supply, after he was found in an inebriated condition while on duty.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Raman Singh has ordered a probe and expressed regret over the deaths.
The secretary of health and director of health services reached the hospital and are monitoring the situation. Raipur North MLA Shrichand Sundarani also rushed to the spot after hearing the news.
Among the victims was a five-day-old baby who was suffering from a heart condition. The boy’s father, Prakash Vishwakarma, a resident of Balaghat, said his child had a hole in his heart.
Earlier this month, over 70 children died in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply, a claim denied by authorities. A probe was initiated by the state government and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said those responsible for the deaths will be strictly dealt with. The BRD college principal Dr Rajeev Mishra was suspended and removed Dr Kafeel Khan as the nodal officer for the Department of Pediatrics.