17 Infants In Two Days Die In New Delhi India Hospital
17 Infants in New Delhi India's government run hospitals have died within a 48 hour period. State officials have initiated an investigation as to the cause. D. Pal Director of B.C. Roy Hospital for Children in Kolkata has staunchly denied any culpability on the hospitals part citing septicemia, premature birth, and low birth weight as the main factors.
India's populations as of 2010 is 1.5 billion, hospitals are overcrowded and providing woman prenatal care difficult at best.
48 deaths per 1000 live births put India ranking 50th out of 222 nations and territories in the world for infant mortality. In comparison Onondaga County NY has an average of six deaths per 1000 live births.
These statistic's speak for them, socio-economic circumstances of third world countries is killing babies! Every preventable infant death is a black mark on all of humanity.
This is not the first time India has had an abnormally high infant mortality rate in a short period, in 2006 the same hospital reported 22 infant deaths in three days from what it said at the time was meningitis, encephalitis, and premature birth.
I can't help but wonder if these deaths are caused by an aggressive infection spread from patient to patient due to the less than desirable sanitary conditions. No hospital in the world wants to admit it caused any deaths, yet even in the US nosocomial infections kill people every day MRSA springs to mind and has taken a large toll young and old.
My condolence to the suffering parents, the world is a poorer place for your loss!