The Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) sought answers from the Health Department and Social Welfare Department over reports of the death of 877 newborns and 61 pregnant women in the state between April and July 2020.

The MHRC passed an order in this regard after rights activist, Agnes Kharshiing filed a petition seeking the intervention of the Commission.

In her petition, Kharshiing quoted some media reports stating that earlier 877 infants and 61 pregnant women died between April 2020 till July 2020.

Earlier, Director of Health Services (MI). Dr Aman War had said that the death of 877 newborns and 61 pregnant women was due to lack of medical attention, pneumonia and birth asphyxia.

The MHRC said that the detailed reports should be reached to the Commission within 30 days from the date of receipt of the notice.

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