Even as the number of crib-deaths reported from the State-run Dr. B.C. Roy Post-graduate Institute of Paediatric Science here since Tuesday rose to 13 (with one baby dying on Thursday), the Health authorities said there were no instances of medical negligence. Those who died were all very vulnerable and it would have been nearly impossible to save them. No negligence or any other reason was found that might have led to the deaths, said an official of the State Health Department.

“In 48 hours 12 children have died at the hospital, but this is not an extraordinary occurrence. We have done a critical analysis of each case — many of these children were suffering from infections and there were a few cases of heart disease and pneumonia,” said hospital Superintendent Dr. D. K. Pal.

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