Gorakhpur Tragedy: 60 Children Died in Baba Raghav Das Hospital in UP

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

In a tragic incident, 30 children died since Thursday in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College. On Thursday morning, employees who handle the storage plant at the hospital from where oxygen is piped wrote to the Chief Medical Officer informing him that the stock of liquid oxygen was limited and would last only till that evening. The hospital has reportedly treated almost 370 cases in the past two months, of which 129 have resulted in deaths.

"Heart-wrenching incident. Saddened by children's death".

He also maintained 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 midnight of August 9-10, reported TOI. "So the report about death of children because of oxygen issue is false", Mr Trivedi said.

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He also said that alternative arrangements had been made from neighbouring Sant Kabir Nagar district to ensure availability of liquid oxygen for the hospital.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, the CM had said that he has asked a team of top ministers to determine if the death of the children was actually due to a disruption in oxygen supply at the hospital and assured to not spare anyone found guilty.

"After the Gorakhpur tragedy, we have issued a written order to all the nine government medical colleges and 12 other prominent medical institutes in the state to ensure that there is no shortage of any medicine or oxygen in the hospitals", additional chief secretary, medical education, Anita Bhatnagar Jain told PTI.

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Following this report, the Uttar Pradesh Government jumped in defence of the medical college, while also assuring that the District Magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and the report will be out in 24 hours.

Local officials have denied that the deaths are linked to a lack of oxygen supply. "For two hours, there was shortage of emergency cylinders, during which manual resuscitation procedure was carried out", he said.

"But I reiterate, they were not due to lack of oxygen supply", he said.

Opposition leaders blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules the state, accusing it of neglect and indifference. "If the hospital had no funds for months, how did they make a payment of Rs 20 lakh suddenly?" In addition to it, it questioned Adityanath's contribution to the state, mainly because the imcident took place in his own constituency - Gorakhpur.

Minister for medical education Ashutosh Tandon ruled out disruption in oxygen supply as the reason behind the deaths.

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

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