Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

30 children die in 48 hours in Gorakhpur hospital

30 children die in 48 hours in Gorakhpur hospital

An official spokesperson in home ministry in Delhi said that as per to the Gorakhpur superintendent of police (SP), 21 children died due to a shortage of oxygen supply.

The letter was written to the hospital authorities on August 3 and 10 informing them about the shortage of oxygen cylinders as the Pushpa Sales stopped supply over pending payment. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.

Minister for medical education Ashutosh Tandon ruled out disruption in oxygen supply as the reason behind the deaths. Later, the chief of the hospital was suspended by the Yogi goverment.

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday expressed her deep shock at the tragic death of children.

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District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela said on Saturday that the deaths of the children in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh state, were due to natural causes. The hospital has a special ward for patients of encephalitis.

Launched a scathing attack at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led- Government over Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Babbar asked "What will you investigate as the latter has already gave verdict that the deaths were not due to lack of oxygen".

Reacting to the incident, AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari said, 'Considering that Yogi Adityanath is both MP from Gorakhpur as well as the Chief Minister of the state, he should take moral responsibility and step down.

Local officials have denied that the deaths are linked to a lack of oxygen supply.

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The incident has triggered outrage with the Samajwadi Party and the Congress seeking the resignation of state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh. Speaking to media persons, he said his contract with the hospital had ended in March and was not renewed. "If the hospital had no funds for months, how did they make a payment of Rs 20 lakh suddenly?"

- PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 12, 2017MoS Health Anupriya Patel & the Union Health Secretary will take stock of the situation from Gorakhpur. And "only" seven children have died today.

According to the data procurred from the BRD hospital, in five days - from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths had occurred in the hospital.

Despite calling the disruption of oxygen as a major lapse, the UP government maintained that none of the deaths were caused due to shortage of oxygen.

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