Sixty children die in Indian hospital amid furore over oxygen supplies

Yogi Adityanath said that a thorough probe is the need of the hour

Yogi Adityanath said that a thorough probe is the need of the hour

As many as 30 children have died due to encephalitis in a span of just 48 hours at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's constituency Gorakhpur.

The SP leader further said that the government is not working as it should.

A hospital in India has been accused of failing to provide enough oxygen after 60 children died on its wards in five days.

Further speaking on the matter, Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh explained the cause of death of the children that took place on August 10 in the BRD hospital and at the same stressed that deaths did not occur due to disruptions in oxygen supply. "A final picture will be clear after a report on it comes." and he then he dismissed the report saying that shortage of oxygen killed the children.

It is being said that oxygen supply was disrupted by the provider because of non-payment of dues worth Rs. 69 lakhs despite several reminders.

Most deaths were reported from the neonatal and encephalitis wards of the Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College amid allegations that a private contractor stopped supplying oxygen.

A statement issued by the state Information Department late evening categorically denied reports shown by "some TV channels as misleading". The Union Health Secretary was in Gorakhpur, he said, adding that Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda and his Minister of State were monitoring the situation as well.

"As Yogi is the chief minister of the state, it is his responsibility to take care of the people".

Ace cricket veteran, Virender Sehwag, expressed grief over recent children's deaths due to encephalitis in Gorakhpur. Despite the fact that hospital had kept away from paying the dues to the company supplying oxygen, Rautela asserts that 50 oxygen cylinders were there at the hospital which is kept as an alternative.

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered an investigation.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel said that Prime Minister Modi had especially asked her to visit the hospital and get the necessary information that may help in the issue.

It's a massacre not a tragedy, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Friday reacting to the incident.

Local media have claimed that some of the deaths were due to a shortage of oxygen which occurred after a supplier withdrew equipment as a result of unpaid bills.

Earlier, the UP government said that stringent action will be taken against those found guilty in the high number of death of infants in Gorakhpur's state-run BRD Medical College.

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