30 children die Gorakhpur hospital.
An inquiry committee has been set up to ascertain the exact causes of the deaths and it has been asked to submit its report by Saturday evening.
30 children and infants have died in less than 48 hours at a hospital in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district that was facing shortage of liquid oxygen. The Yogi Adityanath government has denied the tragic deaths were linked of a disruption in supply of oxygen and has ordered a magisterial inquiry.District magistrate Rajeev Rautela said on Friday, but gave no reasons for such a large number of deaths. He said 17 children died in the neo-natal ward, 5 in AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and 8 in the general ward.
The hospital is in chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s constituency where 30 children die Gorakhpur hospital and he took stock of arrangements at encephalitis wards during his recent two-day visit to Gorakhpur.Most deaths were reported from the neonatal and encephalitis wards.
State health minister Siddharthnath Singh dismissed reports that an oxygen shortage killed the children.
“What media has reported it does not appear same to us. A final picture will be clear after a report on it comes,” he said on Friday.“The doctors said alternative arrangements for oxygen cylinders were made to deal with the emergency,” he said.
Cylinders are being brought from an adjoining district, he added.
The state’s director general of medical education, Dr KK Gupta, denied reports that oxygen supply in the hospital has stopped, “BRD medical college has a gas plant as well.”
Gupta, who rushed to Gorakhpur after the news of the incident broke, said seven deaths were reported and most of these because of illness. “Shortage of oxygen does not seem to be the cause,” he added.
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