India probing dozens of child deaths amid oxygen disruption at hospital

Aaron Brown
August 14, 2017

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath and Union Health Minister JP Nadda are scheduled to visit Gorakhpur on Sunday, ANI reported, after more than 60 children died in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in the Gorakhpur district over the last week. Government sources said he failed to take prompt action even though those in charge of oxygen supply wrote a letter on Thursday, warning about the impending crisis.

The Chief Minister earlier said the role of the oxygen vendor will be probed. "We will leave for Gorakhpur soon and after details analysis of the situation will take further decision on the same", Tandon said.

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday expressed her deep shock at the tragic death of children.

At a press conference in Lucknow, Yogi also said that he has also sent two ministers to the BRD Medical College to investigate the matter. The hospital administration has enough supply of cylinders in its stock.

People come to the hospital to save their lives but when hospital itself becomes the reason for death it is a most terrible thing to digest.

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The shortage of oxygen allegedly led to encephalitis, which is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain, following which the children died.

Opposition Demand CM Yogi's Resignation After 63 Kids Die At UP Hospital:- Blaming the state government for its sheer failure in providing proper medical facilities to the patients in time, the Congress demanded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh's resignations. "Assure you, if anyone's negligence caused death of a person, in any part of UP, he won't be spared", he added.

Yesterday, Adityanath rejected reports that the children died due to shortage of oxygen.

Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh has slammed the state BJP government over the incident and has called for the sacking of the Health Minister and other concerned officials.

Akhilesh blamed the present state government of being non-serious towards such issues, and said what has happened is a serious matter. "If anyone is found guilty, he will be held accountable". The UP government has denied that the deaths were caused by lack of oxygen, but suspended the principal of the state-run medical college and ordered an investigation.

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