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8 infants died at Sahiwal teaching hospital due to AC malfunctioning

SAHIWAL, June 2 (WNP): At least eight infants died at the DHQ Teaching Hospital Sahiwal in a span of 24 hours due to malfunctioning air conditioning in the children’s ward, officials said on Sunday.

Additional Secretary Health Rafaqat Ali after a preliminary inquiry confirmed that eight children had died at the facility, even though the medical superintendent of the hospital, Shahid Nazeer, initially claimed that only three newborns had died.

He said the statements of staff stationed at the pediatric ward have been recorded and the inquiry report of the incident will be finalised by the evening and the persons responsible will be punished.

Media reports said Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has taken notice of the newborns’ deaths.

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