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Kazakh Maternity Hospital Under Investigation After 60 Deaths

ALMATY – Prosectors in Kazakhstan say a preliminary investigation has been launched into the deaths of some 60 newborns and toddlers since the beginning of the year at a maternity hospital in Almaty.

Health authorities have suspended operations at the hospital until June 6.

Officials said at least 16 of the babies were born dead, while the others died from a range of causes.

A spokeswoman for prosecutors told RFE/RL's Kazakh Service that the investigation is still preliminary and no criminal probe has been launched.

The facility in Kazakhstan's biggest city was opened in November with a specific focus of treating mothers with heart problems.
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