60 kids die in five days in Gorakhpur hospital

60 kids die in five days in Gorakhpur hospital

Almost 60 children have died in the past five days in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital, forcing Uttar Pradesh government to launch a magisterial enquiry into the incident. This comes after allegations of oxygen cylinder shortage in the hospital after it was unable to pay dues to the supplier.

Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: Nation trembles as around 63 children had their last breath over 6 days at Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur. The government however said that only seven had died and a probe has been ordered.

Contrary to this, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yesterday outrightly blamed the principal for laxity in performing his duty.

Most deaths were reported from the neonatal and encephalitis wards.

However, a district magistrate said on Saturday that the children's deaths were due to natural causes and denied that a lack of oxygen led to their deaths. The medical college has a liquid oxygen plant, which was installed two years ago.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad visited the hospital and said, "Heart-wrenching incident. A total of 30 deaths occurred in the past 48 hours", he added. The action was taken following report submitted to chief minister Yogi Adityanath by state health minister Siddhartha Nath Singh and state medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon, who visited the hospital earlier in the day, on his instruction.

Rahul Gandhi said the BJP government must punish the guilty.

By all accounts these deaths have been caused by non-availability of oxygen. The principal had later resigned taking "moral responsibility" for the death of the children admitted in the hospital's paediatric ward.

Calling the Gorakhpur children tragedy "cold-blooded murder", Congress's Raj Babbar on Sunday sought the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while asking the government to pay Rs 1 crore as compensation to the kin of deceased.

According to hospital records, 7 children died on Friday, 23 died on Thursday, 9 on Wednesday, and 12 on Tuesday, 9 on Monday.

Blaming the principal for delay in payment to the gas supplier, he said: 'I have been told that the principal left soon after the (August 9) meeting without informing the authorities and has been found prima facie reponsible'.