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Newborn deaths: NHRC notice to Chhattisgarh govt

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh government and sought a detailed report within four weeks on the death of three newborns at a government hospital in Raipur, allegedly due to disruption in oxygen supply.

"Police have arrested the oxygen plant operator, who was found drunk on duty (on Sunday night)," the NHRC said on Monday.
Referring to the death of more than 60 children at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur hardly two weeks ago, it said, "In both the cases, human error and negligence, reportedly, became the cause of deaths."
"It seems that nothing has been learnt from that tragedy," the rights panel said in a statement.
The NHRC has taken cognisance of the reports and issued the notice to the chief secretary of the government of Chhattisgarh, seeking a detailed report in four weeks.
Accordingly, the commission has directed the Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to take up the matter with every state and union territory so that these kinds of distressing incidents could be checked.

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