The death of more than 100 children at JK Lon Hospital in Rajasthan’s Kota district and 134 at a government hospital in Gujarat’s Rajkot in December 2019 made global headlines. Children had also died en masse in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district and Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district in the recent past.The sensationalisation of the Kota and Rajkot episodes by media apart, the deaths of children in hospitals across India remain a concern. 

Down To Earth (DTE) asked a cross-section of experts how bad was child mortality in Indian hospitals. There was no consolidated data, they said. Only a few proxy calculations could be made. Replying to queries from Down To Earth, Rajesh Khanna, deputy director, Health & Nutrition, at the non-profit Save the Children said, “There are three primary reasons for deaths of children in hospitals in India — delay in recognition (at household level), delay in transportation or referral and delay in treatment (at health facility). As far as specific causes are concerned, preterm births, pneumonia, intrapartum complications and others are responsible for deaths.”

Related Posts

  • Child Right Bodies to file Appeal Against Bombay High Court’s Judgment on Sexual Assault

    The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday will challenge in the Supreme Court…

    Read More
  • Union Budget 2021 Increase funds for children

    Union Budget 2021: Increase Funds for Children, Urge Experts New Delhi. January 28, 2021:…

    Read More

Looking for some inspiration today?

Sign up for our newsletter and stay updated with our work.

Looking for some inspiration today? Read our Stories of Change

Together, we've empowered thousands of children. We invite you to meet some of them and read their stories.

Read now Donate

Children can change the world

Don’t believe it? Read stories of our child champions, who have surpassed all odds to create their own success story. They stand as a testament to will power and strength to overcome obstacles.

Read now Donate

HELP CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE, FOREVER

Every child offers something special. Together with children, supporters and partners, we work to help every child become who they want to be.

Read now Donate

LOOKING FOR SOME INSPIRATION TODAY?

Together, we've empowered thousands of children. We invite you to meet some of them and read their stories.

Read MOre