31/08/2015 3:15 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Infant Death Toll Rises To 53 In Cuttack Hospital

A man holds an oxygen kit to a pre-maturely born infant being transported to an intensive care unit at Sishu Bhawan, a state run Pediatrics hospital in Cuttack, Orissa state, India, Thursday, Aug.27, 2015. Representatives from 24 countries gathered in New Delhi Thursday for a two-day summit aimed at ending preventable child and maternal deaths. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

CUTTACK -- With six more deaths, the toll at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Pediatrics Hospital in Cuttack, also known as the Sishu Bhawan, has risen to 53.

Yesterday, the death toll was 47.

A four-member health ministry team took stock of the situation at Sishu Bhavan on Saturday.

The team, led by Additional Secretary Arun Panda, made a detailed assessment of infrastructural deficiencies. The team will submit a report to the Centre on how to improve facilities.

Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said the state government is taking all steps to ensure better services in the hospital.

As per a health department report, as many as 3,869 infants have died in OPD, while 2,034 have died in ICU in the last five years from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

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