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Lack of oxygen blamed for dozens of child deaths at Indian hospital

30 kids die at UP hospital in 48 hrs Lack of oxygen blamed for dozens of child deaths at Indian hospital
Melinda Barton | 13 August, 2017, 21:08

In the wake of the terrible Gorakhpur hospital tragedy claiming 63 lives allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Saturday said the guilty will not be spared.

Though the deaths coincided with a disruption in the hospital's oxygen supply Thursday, the province's government has denied a connection and said the children died of "various medical reasons and illnesses". The oxygen supply operators at the hospital wrote to Mishra, the chief medical superintendent and the nodal officer of the National Health Mission on August 3 and August 10, alerting them to the fact that the company might cut the oxygen supply to the hospital if the dues were not paid. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones. "On 5 August, the payment was made to the medical college and the amount was credited to its account on 7 August".

Haasan took to Twitter and requested Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to take Nobel Laureate Kailash Sathyarti's advice seriously, so that nothing like this happens ever again.

The chief minister hit out at the opposition for politicising the death of children, and accused Congress leaders of being insensitive about the deaths.

Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav shot a tweet on the tragedy.

In the aftermath of Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, the Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday removed Dr. Kafeel Khan as the nodal officer for the Department of Pediatrics of Baba Raghav Das Medical College, ANI reported.

Amid speculations over the oxygen shortage, the Health Minister and spokesperson of the State Government said that no casualty has taken place due to the shortage of oxygen. "So the report about death of children because of oxygen issue is false", Mr Trivedi said.

The children's deaths have sparked a political row, with the hospital authorities accused of negligence.

District magistrate Rajeev Rautela said in press conference, "We have been told that BRD witnessed disturbance in liquid oxygen supply since last night as firm withdrew supply owing to non-payment", he said.

A delegation of Congress leaders under the leadership of leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad visited the hospital and met the victims' families.

"I have directed the DG Medical Education to allow mediapersons to enter the wards and talk to the patients, attendants and doctors", he said. 11 children died on Saturday. Government sources said he failed to take prompt action even though those in charge of oxygen supply wrote a letter on Thursday, warning about the impending crisis.