Gorakhpur tragedy: Hospital oxygen dept. had warned authorities about shortage

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Earlier in the day, Congress delegation paid a visit to Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College to get a first hand knowledge of the incident. The Chief Minister Yogi had visited the hospital, on August 9. Mediareports recommend the explanation behind the passings is deficiency of oxygen supply, which was cut off by the supplier due to non-installment of cash to the tune of Rs 66 lakh.

About 63 kids have passed on in the previous five days in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College healing center, driving Uttar Pradesh government to dispatch an authoritative enquiry into the episode.

"People responsible for this will not be spared".

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday called a meeting, which was attended by state cabinet ministers and MoS Health Anupriya Patel, to discuss the tragic incident at Gorakhpur's BRD hospital which left 63 children dead.

Earlier, Nadda told ANI that he has also also sought a report from State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon.

SP leader Juhi Singh hit out at UP Government and said, "Despite knowing that each year, several adults and children die because of Japanese encephalitis virus, the government should have made the preparations in full swing". "We will leave for Gorakhpur soon and after details analysis of the situation will take further decision on the same", Tandon said.

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The families of the children have claimed that the doctors were not treating them well and the hospital was not even providing the medicines which were required for the treatment.

As many as 30 infants have died within a span of 48 hours in the state-run hospital since August 10.

Gorakhpur's region officer Rajeev Rautela said that no passings have occurred in the medicinal school because of absence of oxygen supply.

Following this report, the Uttar Pradesh Government jumped in defence of the medical college, while also assuring that the District Magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and the report will be out in 24 hours. And "only" seven children have died today.

Stating that the exact toll was not available with the opposition, Yadav said, "We have received information that as the children were dying, their families were being taken out of the hospital in a hush hush manner".

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