Kota: Nine infants have died on the last two day of the month of December in the JK Lone Hospital, in Kota, Rajasthan. This indicated that a total of 100 newborns died in December 2019.

Dr Amrit Lal Bairwa, who heads the paediatric department at JK Lone Hospital, said three children died on December 30 and five more on December 31. "All of them were newborns," he said. The doctor added that all of them had "low-birth-weight and hypothermia".

Seventy-seven children had died in the hospital till December 24, and the toll has now gone up to 100.

Meanwhile, BSP supremo Mayawati on January 2 indirectly criticised Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over her silence on the deaths of around 100 children in Rajasthan's Kota last month.

Terming it as "extremely sad and painful," Mayawati on Twitter wrote that the Ashok Gehlot-led state government remains "insensitive and irresponsible towards it, which is extremely condemnable". In another post, Mayawati said that what was "sadder" is the "top leadership of the Congress and, in particular, its woman general secretary" staying silent on the issue.