Five deaths were reported Friday. "All were brought in a very poor condition. Everyday on an average 3-4 babies are dying," said chief medical officer S.K. Jhariat.
Jhariat said that most of the babies were born in unhygienic conditions in the areas in and around Malda district.
"TThe babies which died were brought in a condition when they were terminally ill," he said.
Between Oct 25-28 last year, 16 babies died at the BC Roy Children's Hospital, the only children's referral hospital in Kolkata. The Burdwan Medical College and Hospital reported 12 infant deaths Oct 27-28.
In June last year, 18 babies had died at the BC Roy Children's Hospital.