30 children die in UP hospital in 48 hours

UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tondon

UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tondon

In a tragic incident, 30 children died since Thursday in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College.

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. The disturbance in the oxygen supply in an entire night which was connected to children caused the death of innocuous children.

The incident where alleged discontinuation of oxygen supply from a private firm because of non payment of dues has lead to as many as 33 deaths of children has been drawing flak from across the nation and opposition parties calling the event a "gross criminal negligence". Taking to Twitter, it also informed that Minister of state for health Anupriya Patel and the Union health secretary will take stock of the situation in the state.

Spending on public health in India, relative to the country's GDP, is among the lowest in the world.

The BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur did not specify the cause of death, but said 34 of babies who died were at the neo-natal intensive care unit, while 12 died because of encephalitis.

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state where the deaths occurred, visited the hospital Sunday as angry relatives rushed to the scene demanding answers. Just how will Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath face his first acid test?

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Health minister Singh gave a detailed account of the deaths, stressing that none of them had been caused due to disruption of oxygen supply.

He was suspended for his irresponsible act of allegedly delaying payment to the supplier of oxygen cylinders, the minister added.

Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said on Friday: "No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to shortage of oxygen supply". Thus he says that the point of shortage of oxygen is not true.

On the other hand, the Opposition hit out at state government branded the suspension as "eyewash", and demanded that an all-party delegation should look into the matter.

"Children of UP die".

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

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