Guwahati: At least 16 newborns have died within a week’s time at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital. Following the deaths, the Assam government has sent a team of medical experts to study the deaths of the newborns.

Of the total 16 deaths reported, one died on Friday while the rest 15 died between November 1 and 6, said Pranabjit Biswanath, head of the Paediatrics department. Meanwhile, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also said that a team of experts including the Director of Medical Education, a UNICEF expert and a pediatric doctor from the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) will reach the Jorhat hospital to examine the deaths.

“Most babies who died in our hospital had some problems,” said Biswanath heading the Paediatrics department.”Some mothers arrived very late in the hospital just before delivery and some were born with a very poor health condition. Some babies which died also had congenial diseases,” he said.

Biswanath further said, “There was a manpower crisis in the hospital as 84 newborns had to be admitted in the pediatrics unit whose capacity was only 40. But we tried our best to save the babies.”

Locals and parents of the newborns who died alleged negligence on the part of the doctors at the hospital.