Jaipur, May 15: Five newborns died in a government hospital in Ajmer within five hours, prompting their families to allege negligence.
Health officials claimed the babies, between 10 hours and two days old, were brought in critical condition to Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital and had died between 1am and 6am today of septicaemia, hyperthermia and respiratory problems.
Chief medical officer K. K. Soni denied the families' allegations that the babies died of dehydration and said they had been malnourished and underweight.
"They did not die of dehydration. They were only on mother's milk and not adequately nourished," Soni said. An inquiry has been ordered.
The tragedy comes weeks after 11 inmates of a government home for the mentally ill in Jaipur died after allegedly being given contaminated water. Eight were children.