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Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Central team finds BRD Medical College 'overcrowded'

12 August 2017

"This is an example of gross criminal negligence of the BJP government", BSP chief Mayawati said in a release.

"The daily annual average of deaths for 2014-2016 is 17-18 per day in the BRD medical college hospital, he said".

Further speaking on the matter, Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh explained the cause of death of the children that took place on August 10 in the BRD hospital and at the same stressed that deaths did not occur due to disruptions in oxygen supply.

City magistrate V K Srivastava also denied the allegations and said the hospital had enough oxygen cylinders in stock.

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In the last 48 hours, 30 children have died at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur district. Sources on the phone said that the hospital generally uses the pipeline supply of liquid medical oxygen but keeps a backup of 50 jumbo cylinders but the day when the oxygen supply was cut off, all the 50 cylinders were empty.

Meanwhile, state Health Minister Siddarth Nath Singh told TV channels that "a lot of people come suffering from high fever and if they don't get treatment, it may result in death".

CM Adityanath instructed Health Minister and Minister of Technical and Medical Education for proper investigation and strict action. The company had warned the medical college that in case of non payment of long pending dues, oxygen supply to the hospital will be discontinued.

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!

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Similarly, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who led a delegation to the hospital earlier, asserted that the Uttar Pradesh Government should apologize to the whole nation in regard to the same.

Navika wasn't the only one facing Twitter on the tragic deaths of 30 children in Gorakhpur.

Akhilesh blamed the present state government of being non-serious towards such issues, and said what has happened is a serious matter. "We ensured oxygen supply to all the kids and no death has been reported due to insufficiency of oxygen", Shukla said. Hospital illegally charged 60 lakh rupees for the oxygen supply. "Yes, 60 patients have died at the hospital in the last five days but we don't think it's linked to reports of oxygen shortage", said Anil Kumar, Gorakhpur's divisional commissioner. He added,"District Magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, report will be out in 24 hrs".

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Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Central team finds BRD Medical College 'overcrowded'