60 children die in UP hospital for want of oxygen supplies

In 48 hours 30 children dead in gorakhpur

60 children die in UP hospital for want of oxygen supplies

However, a statement issued by the hospital said there had been a "drop in pressure in the supply of liquid oxygen" on Thursday, adding that cylinders were procured from various other suppliers.

Earlier in the day, Congress delegation paid a visit to Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College to get a first hand knowledge of the incident.

Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr RS Shukla refuted reports that the deaths had been caused by lack of oxygen supplies.

"There have been no deaths due to lack of oxygen supply", said Uttar Pradesh's medical education minister, Ashutosh Tondon.

Union Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel and Union Health Secretary C.K. Mishra visited the hospital on Saturday on the directions of the Centre to look into the lapses in the BRD Medical College.

Spending on public health in India, relative to the country's GDP, is among the lowest in the world. This brings the toll of the hospital ward to 69 since August 10.

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties have joined hands against the Bharatiya Janata Party and state chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the deaths of infants in Gorakhpur, mostly at the BRD Medical College. "This happened due to state government's carelessness".

"Our heart goes out to the families of all those young children, who have perished due to sheer negligence or who have died due to sheer negligence", Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI.

Rautela further said that an inquiry committee has been set up to ascertain the exact causes of the deaths and it has been asked to submit its report by tomorrow evening. "For two hours, there was shortage of emergency cylinders, during which manual resuscitation procedure was carried out", he said. Opposition politicians have seized on the deaths, calling the government insensitive.

On Saturday, CM Adityanath attributed a variety of ailments, not a cut in the supply of oxygen, as the reason for deaths. "Why was there a delay in the payment, why was the supply of oxygen stopped-these aspects will be probed by a panel", he said.

One uncle of an 11-year-old girl, Vandana, who died at the hospital, echoed local media reports about the chaos.

UP director general, medical education, K K Gupta told TOI, "Prima facie, the deaths did not take place due to problem in oxygen supply".

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