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30 children dead in Gorakhpur hospital, govt orders magisterial probe

11 August 2017

As many as 30 children have died due to encephalitis in a span of just 48 hours at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's constituency Gorakhpur.

To a specific question as to whether the casualties were due to shortage in supply of oxygen, Rautela, who was camping in the hospital, said he found out from the doctors that no death occurred due to lack of oxygen. Tondon said the district magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. According to Government records, 920 patients of encephalitis have been admitted to BRD Medical College hospital between January to September previous year in which 224 kids had lost their lives.

Local media reports suggest around 20 children died when the provider stopped oxygen supply to the hospital on Thursday night.

But he later added that the hospital administration has denied that the deaths occurred due to various reasons and the patients did not die because of a lack of oxygen. Seven deaths took place in the last 24 hours.

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Please Wait while comments are loading. Supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted yesterday day due to pending payment.

Terming the death of children as unfortunate, UP Congress President Raj Babbar said, "It shows the insensitivity of the the state government".

The liquid oxygen supplier, Pushpa Sales, had informed the hospital authorities, two months back that they would stop supply due to non-payment of their dues to the tune of Rs 69 lakhs for the past two years.

"Many acute cases are referred to the hospital and on an average 10-11 kids die daily". During his visit to the medical college on Wednesday, he warned officials of strict action if any irregularity was detected in the treatment of the patients. "A final picture will be clear after a report on it comes", said state health minister Siddharthnath Singh.

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The Indian Express reported that Gorakhpur has seen at least 114 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in 2017.

# UP CM Yogi Adityanath had also visited the hospital just two days ago to review hospital's functioning.

They said that around ten children had died on Thursday while ten others breathed their last on Friday.

Cries of wails of the grieving parents pierced the corridors of the BRD Medical College, which was the only centre for treatment of encephalitis in the entire Gorakhpur division.

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30 children dead in Gorakhpur hospital, govt orders magisterial probe