Probe launched after 32 deaths in 24 hours at Bangladesh hospital

2015-02-10 21:20
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Dhaka - A state-run hospital in Bangladesh launched an investigation on Tuesday after the deaths there of at least 32 people, including 10 children, within 24 hours.

"We have been examining whether there was any negligence at the hospital that caused the deaths," State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Malik told reporters after the deaths were reported at M.A.G. Osmani Medical College Hospital in the north-eastern city of Sylhet.

Abdus Salam, deputy director of the hospital, said that the number of deaths exceeded the average number at the hospital of around eight per day.

Ten of the dead were children ranging from newborn to three and a half years old, Salam said. Five of the children died of pneumonia, three during or soon after birth, and two others of diarrhoeal disease.

Abdus Sabur Mia, the head of the hospital nearly 200 km from Dhaka, rejected accusations from relatives that doctors' negligence had contributed to the deaths.

The hospital was operating at more than triple its 500-patient capacity, he added. A total of 1 817 people were undergoing treatment at the hospital on Tuesday.

The investigation to find an explanation for the abnormally high number of deaths was expected to report back in a week.

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