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Children Die In Gorakhpur Hospital Due To Alleged Disruption Of Oxygen Supply

Children Die In Gorakhpur Hospital Due To Alleged Disruption Of Oxygen Supplyā€¯

In April, Adityanath government claimed that they have started working on setting up six AIIMS and 25 new medical colleges in UP.

State Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh also rejected that the children had died because of lack of oxygen, saying that the average daily death toll for the month of August at the hospital was between 19 and 22 in the last three years.

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

In response to the accusation made about dues to be paid to the company supplying oxygen cylinders, he said that there had been an alternative arrangement of 50 oxygen cylinder that was put to use.

"About 30 children have lost their lives due to encephalitis in last 48 hours on Friday at Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital", District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said.

A statement issued by the state Information Department late evening categorically denied reports shown by "some TV channels as misleading". According to The Times Of India, State health minister Siddharth Nath Singh said: "We are probing all the angles - Was there a shortage?" While reports alleged that the children had died after a shortage of oxygen supply to the hospital, the Bharatiya Janata Party chief minister linked the deaths to encephalitis.

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

Opposition Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "Deeply pained".

According to the sources, technicians had informed hospital authorities about the shortage of oxygen but it fell on deaf ears.

It's a massacre not a tragedy, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Friday reacting to the incident.

Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi azad and others visited the hospital and demanded the resignation of UP's health minister.

Expressing his sympathies to the bereaved families, Adityanath said that encephalitis was a big challenge for the state government as well as an emotional issue for him as he have been waging a war against it since 1998.

Rautela said a magisterial investigation had been ordered into the deaths.

"There were multiple reasons for the disruption of oxygen supply, which are being investigated, but our probe has revealed that no deaths happened because of this", the minister told reporters after a visit to the hospital.

Yogi Adityanath government has reportedly asked for a report on this incident within 24 hours.



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