30 children die in 48 hours!

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 12, 2017

However if the deaths have actually been caused due to lack of oxygen, then the guilty should be punished in an exemplary manner.

At least 30 children died in a government run hospital in Gorakhpur, the home town of Uttar Pradesh chief ministter, Yogi Adityanath, on Friday due to stop in supply of liquid oxygen. Most of the parents and relatives of children were queued outside ward nos 100, which is encephalitis ward at BRD medical college.

A day after Gorakhpur tragedy, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and other officers addressed a press conference on Saturday and said that his thoughts and feelings was with the families of the those who have lost their children. Fresh cylinders were brought in at around 1:30 am on Fridday after the supply was disrupted at 11.30pm on Thursday, NDTV reported.

Hospital dienes that shortage of oxygen supply is not the reason behind the children's death.

"It is a fact that the hospital is overcrowded and the number of patients it caters to is far more than what it can manage", said health secretary CK Mishra.

"Magisterial enquiry has already been ordered by the state government".

"But the situation was managed through oxygen cylinders", Trivedi said. But they should not politicise over the death of the children.

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Earlier, Modi Chemical Private Limited used to supply oxygen cylinders to the hospital and its contract with the company ended in March.

"We saw our baby struggling to breathe and we couldn't do anything", Gautam said as tears flowed down his weather-beaten cheek. They will visit the hospital after their meeting.

"We are now going back with his body", Gautam sobbed.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi also expressed deep shock at the tragic death of the children. He demanded that the families of the victims should be given ₹20 lakh as compensation. The hospital is the epicentre of treatment for the dreaded disease - Japanese encephalitis - and caters to people from all districts of eastern UP and Nepal. Due to alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen in the hospital, as many as 63 lives have been lost so far. Of these, 129 children died, said Satish Chandra, a hospital spokesman.

She further said, "We repeatedly communicated about pending payments to concerned authorities but never got a response, ¿ adding, ¿Ours was a night supply in BRD".

"Encephalitis has a mortality rate as high as 30 percent. Doctors are not responsible for the incident", he said.

Gorakhpur is located 300 kilometers (185 miles) southeast of the state capital, Lucknow.

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