Gorakhpur hospital deaths: PM constantly monitoring situation, in touch with authorities

12 August, 2017, 23:58 | Author: Hope Soto
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"This is an example of gross criminal negligence of the BJP government", BSP chief Mayawati said in a release.

City magistrate V K Srivastava also denied the allegations and said the hospital had enough oxygen cylinders in stock. 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.

In this Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 photo, a man holds the lifeless body of his child outside Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The death of 30 children over two days, has grabbed headlines, but according to a Hindustan Times report, more than 3,000 children have died at the BRD Medical College since 2012. "Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh should immediately resign from their post".

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur has seen at least 114 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) this year alone.

The hospital, which has become a major centre for children with encephalitis, has treated almost 370 cases in the last two months.

Rautela said that the hospital owed 6.8 million rupees ($106,000) to the company, but added that it had adequate numbers of oxygen cylinders.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi also expressed deep shock at the tragic death of the children.

He said that a magisterial inquiry has already been ordered and the report will come soon, while the Committee headed by the Chief Secretary is expected to give its report in a week.

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The Hindustan Times newspaper on Saturday described chaotic scenes at the hospital as the oxygen supply was disrupted.

A delegation of Congress leaders under leadership of leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad has also visited the hospital and met the victims families.

"Deaths are not due to oxygen supply cut-off, no one can stop supply like this, we know consequences", said Meenu Walia, HR, Pushpa Gas agency.

District official Anil Kumar recognized there was a "payment issue" with the supplier, but said the deaths could have been caused by "natural" causes as many patients were admitted in a "serious" condition.

On the other hand, Rautela said he found from doctors that no death had occurred due to lack of oxygen.

Yogi Adityanath government has reportedly asked for a report on this incident within 24 hours.

According to the government, 60 deaths have taken place in the hospital during past five days.

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