Guwahati, October 5 : At least eight new born babies, aged between 2-4 days were died in past 24 in Assam's Fakkrudin Ali Ahmed Medical College at Barpeta.
According to the reports, five new born babies died on Wednesday evening within 4-hour, while three others died on Thursday.
Local people and parents of the deceased infants alleged that, there have no adequate oxygen supplied in the medical college hospital which led the incident.
Hospital authorities told the district administration representatives during the preliminary investigation that, the mothers of the inborn babies were not getting the required care during their pregnancy leading to underweight foetus.
An official of the medical college hospital said that, the government run hospital is facing shortage of doctors.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has directed an inquiry into the incident and asked the director of Assam health department to look it.
The Assam health minister said that, there were in sick new born care unit and proper medical proper attentions were given.
'It is solely the critical nature of the cases that led to death. Two mothers are below 20 years of age. Barpeta medical is witnessing less infant mortalit this year comparative to previous years. There are stable number of doctors in the child care unit and just two months back we have opened the sick new born care unit,' Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
On the other hand, several organizations including Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) had demanded resignation of Himanta Biswa Sarma to take responsibility into the incident.
Assam witnessing a high infant mortality rate in the country.
According to the reports of Sample Registration System (SRS), the highest IMR in 2016 was reported in Madhya Pradesh (47) followed by Asam and Odisha (44). The lowest IMR was reported in Goa (8).
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)