CM Yogi Calls Emergency Meeting, 63 Deaths In UP Hospital

Baba Raghav Das Medical College

Health Minister of the local government Sidharth Nath Singh said in a statement that 60 children have died in the hospital since August 7 due to different diseases but not because of lack of oxygen cylinders.

"There have been no deaths due to lack of oxygen supply", said UP's medical education Minister Ashutosh Tondon, adding that the district magistrate of Gorakhpur has ordered an investigation and "the report will be out within 24 hours". "Yes, sixty patients have died at the hospital in the last five days but we don't think it's linked to reports of oxygen shortage", Anil Kumar, Gorakhpur's divisional commissioner told AFP.

Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela has also given a breakup of the casualties. Of the 30 deaths, 17 took place in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Prashant Trivedi, the state's top health official, acknowledged that there was a problem in the pipeline supplying oxygen.

The opposition Congress Party's Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter: "Deeply pained".

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh has assured quick action against those involved in the alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen.

JEV primarily affects children as most adults tend to attain natural immunity from the disease, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The chief minister also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the initiatives taken by his government following the tragedy.

Mr Singh said the Chief Minister had visited the hospital on July 9 and again on August 9 where many things were reviewed, but the shortage of oxygen or any payment issue was never discussed.

The Uttar Pradesh government denied the deaths were caused due to shortage of oxygen, claiming alternative arrangements for oxygen supply were made.

Most of the parents and relatives of children were queued outside ward nos 100, which is encephalitis ward at BRD medical college. "The guilty will not be spared", Maurya said.

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The family had rushed the newborn to the hospital from neighbouring Siddharthnagar district on August 9 because he had a high fever. Over the years, there have been a number of other such gut-wrenching tragedies resulting in high death tolls.

Expressing his sympathies to the bereaved families, Adityanath said that encephalitis was a big challenge for the state government as well as an emotional issue for him as he have been waging a war against it since 1998.

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