64 deaths at India hospital without oxygen

A child at encephalitis ward. Image Courtesy ANI  Twitter

The parents said the company that supplies oxygen to the hospital had earlier threatened to stop oxygen distribution unless the government paid their long overdue bills. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones. "We have chose to sack BRD Medical College principal for the negligence", announced UP's Medical Education Minister Ashok Tandon. Later, the chief of the hospital was suspended by the Yogi goverment. Opposition politicians have seized on the deaths, calling the government insensitive.

UP Congress President Raj Babbar termed the incident unfortunate and sought action by CM Yogi Adity-anath, while Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav sought a compensation of Rs20 lakh each to the kin of the dead.

Sharply contradicting the Uttar Pradesh government's claims that there was no shortage of oxygen at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College, the parents of a baby girl have said that oxygen level was low since 10 Augus.

"We have learnt that supply of oxygen was inadequate between 11:30 PM in the night (on Thursday) till 1:30 AM in the wee hours of Friday".

A key ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing calls for his resignation after at least 64 children died at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages.

While reports alleged that the children had died after a shortage of oxygen supply to the hospital, the Bharatiya Janata Party chief minister linked the deaths to encephalitis on Saturday.


"The reasons for the disruption of oxygen supply are being investigated but our probe has revealed that no deaths happened because of it", Singh told reporters after a visit to the hospital.

State health minister Siddharth Nath Singh stated that they couldn't come to an end until the reports of the incident are acquired.

Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela said that the cause of the deaths at the BRD Hospital was the disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen and further appealed to the suppliers to not cut the supply henceforth.

- PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 12, 2017MoS Health Anupriya Patel & the Union Health Secretary will take stock of the situation from Gorakhpur.

"Our war is with encephalitis and for that soon after coming to power we have started vaccination on a large scale", said Yogi. And "only" seven children have died today.

He added that the deaths could be due to "natural" causes, as many patients admitted are in "serious" condition.

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