More than 60 kids die in India hospital over 5 days

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

The Uttar Pradesh government has asked all the medical colleges to ensure that there is no shortage of medicines or oxygen, days after at least 30 children died in a state-run institute in Gorakhpur, an official said today.

"I have formed a high level Committee under the supervision of the Chief Secretary and a thorough probe has been ordered to check the cause of the deaths in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and the supply of oxygen", he said. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.

Praveen Modi, owner of Pushpa Sales company, which used to supply oxygen to the BRD Medical College, categorically denied that it had the tender to do so. Just how will Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath face his first acid test?

As anger grew over the deaths, opposition parties and government critics led the charge for Adityanath's resignation.

Former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has also called for a strict investigation into matter demanding Rs 20 lakh compensation for the families of the deceased children.

Gorakhpur: Three more children succumbed to encephalitis on Sunday at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, taking the death toll to 70, news agency ANI reported.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh has assured quick action against those involved in the alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen.

The region is 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.

While reports say that lack of oxygen supply due to non-payment of bills caused the deaths, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government has announced a probe to uncover the reason behind the deaths.

Union Minister Patel present at the press conference said that the central government is ready to give full support to the state. "This is a 950-bed hospital which gets patients from Gorakhpur and its adjoining areas, as well as from Nepal", said Singh. There should not be any delay in making payments.

He added that none of the deaths took place during the window of crisis.

A hospital in India has been accused of failing to provide enough oxygen after 60 children died on its wards in five days.

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