30 children die in 48 hours in Gorakhpur hospital

Michele Moreno
August 13, 2017

Breaking silence over death of 60 children in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that issue of Encephalitis persists in Eastern region of the state since 1978.

Speaking about the non-payment of the dues by the hospital to the firm responsible to supply the oxygen, Yogi Adityanath said, "When the money released by Medical Education has reached there, is it the mistake of the Minster or the Principal?"

Parents of at least 35 children who have died in a state-run hospital in northern India over the past three days have alleged that the fatalities were due to the lack of a sufficient oxygen supply in the children's ward. "The district magistrate is camping there to look into the matter". The remaining 23 deaths took place from midnight of 9 August to on August 10.

The deaths have sparked a political firestorm as opposition politicians sought to pin the blame on Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, which rules the state.

Both the opposition parties in the state have made a decision to send teams to Gorakhpur.

State Health Minister Siddarth Nath Singh told TV channels that "a lot of people come suffering from high fever and if they don't get treatment, it may result in death".

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who visited the hospital, along with party colleagues, expressed deep anguish over the deaths.

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. The deaths occurred due to suffocation as fire and smoke engulfed most wards in the hospital, as over 100 patients were being treated at the Intensive Care Unit.

Gorakhpur is the Lok Sabha constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the incident comes barely two days after his visit here.

"Even as 90 jumbo oxygen cylinders were pressed into service to maintain the supply on Friday, the hospital ran out of oxygen around 1.00am", it said.

Of the 73 patients in the 100-bed encephalitis ward, 54 were on ventilator when the oxygen supply was disrupted at 7.30 am. He said that as the state government is responsible for the incident, compensation of Rs 20 lakh must be given to family of each child. According to reports, 12 children were suffering from encephalitis.

The family had rushed the newborn to the hospital from neighbouring Siddharthnagar district on August 9 because he had a high fever. Mr Mishra later said he had already given his resignation, owing moral responsibility for the tragedy.

Other reports by Insurance News

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