Some parents of the children have alleged that the hospital gave over the care of the infants to them, which led to the tragedy. Gangamma Grand, mother of the infants who died, said: "The doctors gave us the hand pump for oxygen. They said put the oxygen pump on the child. We did not know how long to do it."
The hospital authorities on the other hand, insist that they were not negligent. They said the deaths occurred due to complications that usually arise in premature babies. Government officials added that they did not have the facilities to cater to so many children. According to Ramshankar Naik, Collector, Kurnool: "This is the first hospital in the Rayalaseema region, so we get patients from some four to five districts, whereas the hospital has only 20 beds. We cannot turn away the patients though we do not have enough infrastructure to cater to them. We are bringing it to the notice of the government to increase the facilities here. As for this incident, we have ordered an inquiry."
But whatever the collector and the hospital authorities might say in their defense, the government is not buying it. D L Ravindra Reddy, the Health Minister of Andhra Pradesh said: The collector in his report also said those in supervisory role at the hospital were practising privately in family-owned hospitals.'' This the minister said, led to negligence of duty for which suitable action would be taken.