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Panel set up to probe reasons for deaths of 9 children in Ahmedabad hospital

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In Gujarat, a three member committee will probe the reasons for the deaths of 9 new-born children in ICU of neonatal ward of Ahmedabad civil hospital during the last 24 hours.

Announcing this, the Superintendent of Ahmedabad civil Hospital Dr.M. M. Prabhakar has said that report would be handed to the Government in next 24 hours.

He said that the nine children who died in the hospital, five were brought from other places like Viramgam, Surnedranagar, Mansa, Himmatnagar and Lunavada in serious condition.

The 100 bed neonatal ICU in the hospital was equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and was considered one of the best and largest in the country. He said that many deceased children were suffering from premature birth and low birth weight. He said that some of them died after treatment for up to 72 hours.

Quoting sources, AIR correspondent reports that average 4 to 5 such deaths take place every day in the neonatal ward of the hospital which was deemed one of the largest medical facilities in Asia.

The probe panel appointed by the Government has Deputy Director, Medical Education R. K. Dixit as its head. The other two members are Dean of Vadnagar medical hospital and a gynecology expert Nilesh Shah and Head of Department of the pediatrics department of Gandhinagar Medical College Dr. Himanshu Joshi.

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