The Human Rights Commission said it has also learnt that the cause of the deaths of 52 infants is reportedly malnutrition.

Human Rights Body Sends Notice To Jharkhand On Deaths Of 52 Infants In 30 Days

52 infants died in 30 days in Jharkhand reportedly due to malnutrition. (Representational)

NEW DELHI The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to the Jharkhand government on the reported deaths of 52 infants in 30 days at Jamshedpur’s Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, an official statement said on Monday.

In a statement issued, the NHRC said, “The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that weeks after a controversy erupted over the Gorakhpur tragedy, 52 infants have now been reported dead at Jamshedpur’s Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGM) hospital in Jharkhand. According to the reports the infants have died in a span of 30 days and the hospital Superintendent has reportedly blamed malnutrition for the deaths.”

“The commission has observed that painful deaths of children and infants, in a large number, are a matter of concern. It has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Jharkhand calling for a report in the matter within six weeks. It has also asked the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry to take immediate action by way of issuance of suitable directions to all the States and Union Territories so that due to any negligence, such tragic deaths do not take place in any hospital in the country,” read the statement.

The statement further said: “It may be recalled that the NHRC had recently taken cognizance of two similar incidents. One occurred in the Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh, where more than 60 children and infants died at BRD Medical College and another was reported from the State of Chhattisgarh, where 4 infants died due to negligence by the oxygen plant operator at Ambedkar Hospital. The reports are awaited in both the incidents.”

It has also asked the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry to take immediate action by way of issuance of suitable directions to all the states and union territories so that due to any negligence, such tragic deaths do not take place in any hospital in the country.

In a similar case, earlier over 63 children died at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur due to encephalitis and alleged failure in supply of oxygen.

In another case, four infants died due to negligence by the oxygen plant operator at Ambedkar hospital in Chattisgarh. Reports on both the cases are awaited.

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