Four premature babies died on Monday morning at a hospital in northern Vietnam, after having been admitted to the hospital on different days.
According to reports released by the Hospital of Obstetrics and Pediatrics in Bac Ninh Province, all four babies had been born prematurely between the 30th and 34th week of pregnancy.
The heaviest baby weighed a mere 1.6 kilograms at birth, while the smallest one was only 700 grams in weight.
All four newborns had been admitted to the hospital for special care on different days prior to their death.
Last week, a two-month-old baby also died after receiving an antibiotic shot at the same hospital.
The causes of death in both incidents have not been announced by the hospital.
Both To Mai Hoa, director of Bac Ninh’s Department of Health, and Le Van Nam, the department’s deputy director who also serves as director of the hospital in question, have declined requests for comment from Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
In Vietnam, medical techniques for caring preemies are relatively developed, with known successful nurturing of babies born as prematurely as during the 26th week of pregnancy and weighing less than 500 grams.