Jaipur, September 1: In last two months at least 86 infants have reportedly died at Rajasthan’s government hospital in Banswara, out of which 37 died due to medical negligence, a senior government official said on Thursday. The state government had called for an inquiry. Also Read - Randeep Hooda Sights Big Cats at Jaipur’s Jhalana Leopard Reserve, Says 'It Was a Longtime Dream' | Watch

Rajasthan Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf on Friday formed a three-member committee, headed by senior Dr S M Mittal on Thursday to probe the matter and ordered the to file a report with three days. Also Read - Unbelievable! 'Lost' River That Ran Through Thar Desert in Rajasthan 172,000 Years Ago Found

Dr H L Tabiyar, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Banswara said that the district hospital recorded deaths of 86 infants in last two months, following which we have ordered a probe. Also Read - Rajasthan News: BJP Leader Beaten up by Miscreants Over Property Issue in Dholpur

He said several of them died due to birth asphyxia but the exact number of those who perished because of this reason will be known after an investigation.

Birth asphyxia is a medical condition resulting from deprivation of oxygen to a newborn during the birth process.

The casualties were reported from the sick newborn care unit (SNCU) of of the hospital in Banswara, which is nearly 500 km from the state capital Jaipur.

According to MG hospital’s report, from 20 deaths at the SNCU ward in April and 18 in May, the figure rose to 26 in June, 50 in July but downed to 40 in August.

The report also shows that the number of deaths of underweight children, too, has increased significantly — from 6 in April and 4 in May to 14 in July and 20 in August.

District collector Bhagwati Prasad Kalal said of the total number of deaths “40 to 45 percent occurred due to asphyxia but the exact number of asphyxia deaths is yet to be ascertained”.

The report comes close on the hills of the death of dozens of children at a government hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur amid allegations that the newborns had died due to snapped oxygen supply over unpaid bills.

“It is not (like the) Gorakhpur case. We have launched Pukar Programme in the district on 12 July to encourage pregnant tribal women to undergo proper treatment,” he added.

“Several complicated cases of tribals living in far-flung areas come to the hospital due to the initiative and we have saved newborn and mothers. Such deaths go unreported otherwise. 94 percent institutional deliveries occur in Banswara, but six per cent is a huge number,” he said.