Updates: 63 Children Die In Gorakhpur Hospital, Oxygen Vendor Raided

Henrietta Strickland
August 12, 2017

The alleged disruption of oxygen supply led to the deaths of 30 children at a hospital in Gorakhpur on Friday.

"Total 30 deaths in last 48 hours". At the same time, the lack of oxygen has declared the news of these deaths as baseless.

In this Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 photo, a man holds the lifeless body of his child outside Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

At least 60 children have died over five days at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages, officials said Saturday amid fears the toll could rise.

UP director general, medical education, K K Gupta told TOI, "Prima facie, the deaths did not take place due to problem in oxygen supply". But according to a news agency report, a Union Home Ministry statement that quoted the Gorakhpur police superintendent said 21 children died because of shortage of oxygen. However, he said the principal had told him that for emergency use, alternative arrangements have been made.

A high-level magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident. But the situation was managed with the help of cylinders. "I'm saddened by the children's death".

As for the cause of death in the hospital, Mishra said they were awaiting inquiry report from the state government.

According to Hindustan Times, innocent lives were lost in the Gorakhpur BRD Medical college because a private contractor stopped supplying oxygen cylinders over a payment dispute! On August 9, the CM had himself visited the hospital for inspection.

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

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi expressed deep grief over these deaths. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. "Exact cause is being verified by the civil administration", the official, who did not to be identified, had said.

"We eradicated diseases like polio and filaria and now encephalitis is our target", he said after launching the campaign here.

Earlier in the day, the alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen at the hospital claimed lives of three more children. Of these, 129 children died, said Satish Chandra, a hospital spokesman. "This is an example of gross criminal negligence of the BJP government", BSP chief Mayawati said in a release.

"Encephalitis has a mortality rate as high as 30 percent".

On the other hand, Rautela said he found from doctors that no death had occurred due to lack of oxygen.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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