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Delhi: 6,604 children died in Kalawati Hospital in 6 years

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A child getting treatment at a ward in Kalawati Saran Hospital New Delhi

 BS RAWAT
NEW DELHI : Three patients die daily on an average at the Central government-run Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital in Delhi, according to data provided by RTI activist RH Bansal.

As many as 6,604 patients were reported to have died in the 2013-19 period in this hospital.

In what appears to be a continuing tragedy, there were 1,270 deaths of kids in 2013-14; 1,112 in 2014-15; 1132 in 2015-16; 1067 in 2016-17; 980 in 2017-18; and 1043 deaths were registered at the institute till March this year.

An official of the hospital requesting anonymity said that the hospital is catering to a large number of patients from across the country on a daily basis, who are often referred to the hospital at critical stages.

Kalawati Saran Hospital attends more than 1900 patients every day in its emergency, pediatric intensive care unit and NNW and the same number in the hospital's OPD wing every day.

The maximum number of deaths were reported from departments like Emergency where 387, 282, 278, 176, 128 and 143 children died in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2018-19 respectively and NNW which registered 177, 97, 179, 203, 144 and 129 deaths in the same years.


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