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Eight babies die in Russian hospital

Eight newborn babies have died in a children's hospital in western Russia, forcing officials to launch an investigation.

world Updated: Jan 24, 2012 09:20 IST

Eight newborn babies have died in a children's hospital in western Russia, forcing officials to launch an investigation.


The deaths took place in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in the city of Nalchik, the Russian Investigative Committee said on Saturday.

The eight babies, who were treated in the intensive care of the hospital, died during the first 10 days of January.

According to the babies' parents, electricity shortage could have caused their death since seven of them were supported by ventilators.

Investigators have launched a case on charges of criminal negligence. They were also checking the electricity cuts in the hospital.

The republic's head temporary suspended from office the health minister Saturday.

The health ministry said checks held in the hospital have not revealed any violation by the medical staff and the electricity shortage had no connection to the babies' death.