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Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Death toll rises to 63

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Death toll rises to 63

At least 30 children, some of them newborns, have died at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur in the past 48 hours, and 60 in the past five days.

"We are suspending BRD medical college principal with immediate effect for this negligent behaviour", Ashutosh Tandon, the Health Minister and Siddharth Nath Singh, Minister for Medical Education said.

Speaking about the non-payment of the dues by the hospital to the firm responsible to supply the oxygen, Yogi Adityanath said, "When the money released by Medical Education has reached there, is it the mistake of the Minster or the Principal?"

The district magistrate, Rajeev Rautela, said that the deaths appear to have occurred due to a lack of oxygen. He claims that only seven deaths have been reported and those were due to some other medical reasons.

Ram Gopal also asked the state government to compensate the family of the children who lost their lives in the incident and matter should be probed thoroughly. He urged the Opposition parties to not politicise the tragic deaths. He pointed out that 60 children died during the period due to various illnesses.

Three more children's lives were claimed today due to the disruption of oxygen supply, which led to a sudden onset inflammation in children's brains, a condition called encephalitis.

Seventeen of the 30 children died in the neo-natal ward, 5 in AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and 8 in the general ward.

Adityanath represented the ruling BJP during the Uttar Pradesh state polls earlier this year, and helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi consolidate power as he bids for re-election in a national ballot in 2019.

The Hindustan Times newspaper on Saturday described chaotic scenes at the hospital as the oxygen supply was disrupted.

Stating that the exact toll was not available with the opposition, Yadav said, "We have received information that as the children were dying, their families were being taken out of the hospital in a hush hush manner".

"Even as 90 jumbo oxygen cylinders were pressed into service to maintain the supply on Friday, the hospital ran out of oxygen around 1.00am", it said. The death of the children has been ordered to be investigated on a high level.

A team of specialists from the federal health ministry was sent to the hospital on Saturday to verify what caused the deaths. Well, here we are going to talk about all this in detail and how this very big incident really happened just after the visit of CM Yogi. The chief minister, who refrained from taking responsibility for the tragedy, held sanitation issues and open defecation as responsible factors for death.


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