The Sabarkantha district health department has filed FIRs against seven doctors for negligence of duty after the death toll due to hepatitis infection rose to 16 with most of the cases being reported from Modasa taluk in Ahmedabad, a top official said on Sunday.
"In all, 47 cases of hepatitis have been registered in the district with most of the cases in Modasa taluk," Chief District Health Officer (CDHO), Sabarkantha, Dr H S Patel, told PTI.
"Of the 47 cases, 16 have died of the hepatitis infection from the beginning of this month till date. 17 from Modasa and nearby area are undergoing treatment, while 13 have been discharged after treatment," Patel said.
"One case has been registered in the district capital of Himmatnagar," he added.
Patel said they had conducted raids at private clinics and dispensaries of 10 doctors in Modasa yesterday evening, following which the FIRs have been filed against seven doctors under various sections of Medical Practitioners Act.
No arrests have been made in the cases yet as police is still investigating the matter, he said.