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Gorakhpur tragedy: Grieving father files complaint against Health Minister, others

Gorakhpur tragedy: Grieving father files complaint against Health Minister, others

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Sunday visited the BRD medical college in Gorakhpur to assess the situation where several deaths have been reported in past couple of days. Hospital officials deny lack of oxygen caused the deaths, saying alternative supplies were found, and blamed numerous deaths instead on encephalitis and unspecified issues related to delivery of the infants.

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea for taking suo motu cognizance of the deaths of infants in Gorakhpur hospital and institute a Special Investigation Team probe. Read Also: Gorakhpur children death from saving lives of children to saving the reputation of a doctor There have been allegations that numerous deaths occurred due to alleged disruption in oxygen supply over unpaid bills. "For two hours, there was shortage of emergency cylinders, during which manual resuscitation procedure was carried out", he said.

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Gorakhpur hospital deaths Hospital staff ready oxygen cylinders for use early Saturday

Setting a nation-wide outrage and political recrimination, six more children died due to encephalitis since Saturday at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur where the death toll of children has risen to 70 in recent days. "We are also raising the issue of lack of medical equipment and infrastructure at the BRD hospital, which has not been upgraded for years".

"Everyone knows children died due to unavailability of Oxygen".

As many as 93 lakh children have been immunised in the districts affected by Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus, he added. The commission also asked the government what steps have been taken to compensate the families. The list of deceased clearly shows that only five children died of AES and one due to hepatic encephalopathy. In the report, it was said that Satish was informed in writing about the matter, but he interrupted supplies of oxygen cylinders. The hospital's principal was suspended on 12 August 2017 by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for "negligent behaviour".


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