60 children die in five days in Gorakhpur hospital

As many as 30 children have died due to encephalitis in a span of just 48 hours at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's constituency Gorakhpur.

State Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh also rejected that the children had died because of lack of oxygen, saying that the average daily death toll for the month of August at the hospital was between 19 and 22 in the last three years.

UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon said Rajiv Mishra was suspended for his "irresponsible act" of allegedly delaying payment to the supplier of oxygen cylinders.

Rajeev Rautela the district magistrate, Uttar Pradesh said in the press conference that this event occurred Thursday noon.

Informed sources told IANS that senior health officials were monitoring the situation and admitted that the state government had been left red-faced because of the deaths took place in the Chief Minister's hometown.


Nadda has sought a report from the state health department into the matter.

A six-member SP team, led by the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Ram Govind Chaudhary, has been asked to submit its report to the party chief by August 13. "Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh should immediately resign from their post". As child after child began collapsing, the hospital initiated a transaction of Rs 22 lakh but it was too late.

He added that seven deaths (neo-natal ward 3, AES ward 2 and general ward 2) were reported since last midnight, while the remaining 23 deaths (neo-natal 14, AES 3 and general 6) were reported since the midnight of August 9-10.

Two days ago, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the paediatric ward of the hospital and also inaugurated the ICU, Critical Care Unit and visited the ward where children infected with Japanese encephalitis virus were being treated.

Short of oxygen supply was due to non payment of dues to the company that supplied oxygen.


Of the 73 patients in the 100-bed encephalitis ward, 54 were on ventilator when the oxygen supply was disrupted at 7.30 am.

30 kids died in hospital without oxygen. They will visit the hospital after their meeting.

Indian Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, a campaigner for children's rights, described the deaths as "a massacre" on Twitter. "BJP govt.is responsible & should punish the negligent who caused this tragedy".

The families of the children have claimed that the doctors were not treating them well and the hospital was not even providing the medicines which were required for the treatment.



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