A state government report has revealed that more than 280 babies have died in Victoria hospitals between 2008 and 2013. The number of deaths is a serious concern as Australia is among the nations whose average infant mortality rate is much higher when compared to other OECD countries.

The report, “Victoria’s mothers, Babies, and Children,” has discovered that almost 280 infants have died in the state hospitals in the period of five years. The main reason behind the loss was delayed Caesarean-section treatment and poor hospital conditions. Another significant reason behind the death of the newborns was their mothers’ drug addiction.

The report highlighted the factors that contributed to perinatal deaths, which refer to infants who were either born dead or survived for a brief period. In the report, the author has provided two reviews.

The reviews, according to Sky News, stated that there were 11 babies who died potentially avoidable deaths. The deaths were reported from the Djerriwarh Health Service in Bacchus Marsh between 2001 and 2014. Almost 528 preventable factors were reported in the state government’s revelation involving the death of 280 infants.

“Contributing factors were identified in approximately five percent of all perinatal deaths reported,” the report stated. “Recurrent themes include inadequate antenatal and intrapartum foetal monitoring, inadequate management of the second stage of labour and inadequate paediatric management, including advanced neonatal resuscitation.”

Reports have indicated that the incidents of perinatal deaths at Bacchus Marsh invited lawsuits and criticisms. As a result, several changes were made in improving the hospital condition all over Victoria.

Meanwhile, a government spokeswoman claimed that perinatal deaths at Bacchus Marsh in 2015 were reviewed.

“This review confirmed there were no similar concerns at any other Victorian hospitals,” she claimed as quoted by The Herald Sun. “All maternal and perinatal deaths are now reviewed according to the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Guidelines.”

The Age reported that Maurice Blackburn Lawyers’ head of medical negligence lawyer Kathryn Booth said the data was really alarming. The revelation is even more shocking as Australia captures the 17th place as far as infant mortality rate is concerned while 34 other OECD nations lag behind.