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Uttar Pradesh: 30 children died due to oxygen shortage in Gorakhpur hospital

Uttar Pradesh: 30 children died due to oxygen shortage in Gorakhpur hospital

At least 30 children died since Thursday in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College amid allegations that a private contractor stopped supplying oxygen cylinders as the government-run hospital hasn't paid dues of about Rs 70 lakh.

Health activists said successive governments had ignored the threat posed by encephalitis as it was a disease that affected poor, malnourished children. "The district magistrate is camping there to look into the matter". Most of the parents and relatives of children were queued outside ward nos 100, which is encephalitis ward at BRD medical college.

The alleged disruption of oxygen supply led to the deaths of 30 children at a hospital in Gorakhpur on Friday. Hospital tried to supply the oxygen by its recently installed liquid oxygen plant, but as the capacity of the plant was low itself, no substantial supply could be given.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deeply saddened over the Gorakhpur Baba Raghav Das Medical College tragedy that has claimed 64 lives so far, informed MoS Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel on Saturday.

"Considering he (Yogi Adityanath) is both MP and CM, he must take moral responsibility and step down, so should his Health Minister", Tewari added.

The region is also one of India's poorest and registers hundreds of child deaths each year from Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which is rife in parts of eastern and northern India.

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Siddharth Nath even hit out on the opposition for harping on this issue and said that they should not politicise over the death of the children.

"The District Magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident".

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

State Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon claimed that the deaths of children was not due to oxygen supply, supporting which he also released a list that claimed that most of the children died due to kidney failure and were premature.

BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadouria said the chief minister neglected the health sector completely and did not pay attention towards the issue of health and malnutrition. While it is a practice that till new tender formalities are not completed, the supplier is asked to continue as a stop gap arrangement, in this case it was not done, he said. Meanwhile, according to data procured from the BRD hospital, in past five days - from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths have occurred in the hospital.


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