10,000 children died in Delhi hospital in past 5 years, rights panel to step in

New Delhi The National Human Rights Commission will on Monday decide the course of action against the Kalawati Saran hospital in New Delhi after a Right-to-Information reply stated that over 10,000 children have died there in the past five years. "A complaint has been filed with the NHRC in this regard.

The commission will decide on its next course of action on Monday," the NHRC's joint registrar AK Parashar said.

The information was obtained by Rajhans Bansal - a resident of Rohini in Delhi - who filed an RTI application seeking details of the numbers of children who died in the government hospital in the past five years.

As per the information furnished by the authorities, a total of 10,081 children have died in the Kalawati Saran hospital in the past five years.

Though no information was provided by the hospital on the reasons behind these deaths, officials said that most of them were brought there in critical condition.

The RTI reply also claimed that no child has died in the hospital because of malfunctioning of the ventilator.

The information shared by the hospital revealed that maximum number of 2,713 children died in 2008, followed by 2,499 the next year and 2,144 in 2010.

This year from January till July, 943 children have died in the hospital.

Story First Published: October 22, 2012 10:11 IST

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