Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: 433 newborns died in 16 ‘Special Neighbourhood Care Units’ (SNCUs) in Delhi due to various diseases in the first six months of 2017. Most of the deaths were due to infection in the blood, pneumonia and meningitis. In the 16 SNCUs of the Delhi government, 8,329 newborns were admitted between January 2017 and June 2017. Out of which, 5,068 are newborn boys and 3,787 are newborn girls.
Dr K K Agrawal, former president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), told PTI that if the child has an infection in the blood and it goes into the lungs, it causes pneumonia, and when this infection goes into the outer walls of the brain, it leads to meningitis. He said if a child is born with a heart, kidney or brain disease and he or she is not treated immediately, then the child might die.