Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: 60 kids die in five days, 9 the day Yogi Adityanath came visiting

Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said: “No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to shortage of oxygen supply. Only seven deaths have taken place at the BRD Medical College today and these were due to different medical reasons.”

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: August 12, 2017 11:17 am
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At least 60 children have died over five days at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, prompting the Uttar Pradesh government to order a magisterial inquiry into the incident. The deaths are being blamed on infections and possible disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward but the hospital and district administration have rejected oxygen shortage as a reason.

Incidentally, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited the medical college two days ago — it falls in his Lok Sabha constituency — and inspected the paediatric ward. He had also inaugurated a ten-bed ICU, a six-bed Critical Care Unit and visited a ward meant for children infected with Japanese encephalitis virus, and cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

A report Friday from the BRD Medical College gave a break-up of the 60 deaths since August 7 under categories listed as NICU (neonatal intensive care unit ), AES, non-AES:

August 7: 9 (4 NICU, 2 AES, 3 non-AES)

August 8: 12 (7 NICU, 3 AES, 2 non-AES)

August 9: 9 (6 NICU, 2 AES, 1 non-AES)

August 10: 23 (14 NICU, 3 AES, 6 non-AES)

August 11: 7 (3 NICU, 2 AES, 2 non-AES)

gorakhpur children death, brd medical college, brd hospital children death, up hospital kids death, oxygen supply, Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh, gorakhpur, UP childrens death, Gorakahpur hospital, UP news, india news, indian express The government denied that any of the deaths had been caused due to shortage of oxygen since the hospital had made arrangements. (Source: Express Photos by Vishal Srivastav)

The government denied that any of the deaths had been caused due to shortage of oxygen since the hospital had made arrangements.

Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said: “No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to shortage of oxygen supply. Only seven deaths have taken place at the BRD Medical College today and these were due to different medical reasons.”

“As far as the complaint regarding non-payment of dues to the company supplying the oxygen is concerned, it is a matter of inquiry. But there was existing alternative arrangement of 50 oxygen cylinders which was being used, so there was no shortage of oxygen,” he said.

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He said arrangements for more oxygen cylinders were being made from an adjoining district. “We are going to conduct an inquiry, the results will be out within the next 24 hours and action will be taken accordingly.”

(Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told PTI: “The deaths of children were very unfortunate and the government will set up an inquiry committee to ascertain if any lapse has been there. If anyone is found guilty, he will be made accountable.”)

In New Delhi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said her heart goes out to the families of the innocent children “who fell prey to gross negligence and incorrigible misconduct on the part of the authorities”. She urged the UP government to take “immediate cognizance of the crime and culprits” and said persons responsible for this neglect must be brought to book.

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Senior Congress leaders including Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, UP Congress president Raj Babbar, Rajya Sabha members Pramod Tiwari and Sanjay Singh are reaching Gorakhpur Saturday morning to visit the medical college and meet families of the dead children.

Former Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav held the state government responsible for the deaths and demanded strict action and compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the kin of each child. Kamlesh Paswan, BJP MP from Bansgaon, was camping at the medical college. He said the Chief Minister was in touch with him and district officials.

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    debashish das
    Aug 15, 2017 at 11:05 am
    Heart wrenching news of Gorakpur deaths hope we improve our civil duties before d political duties.Not d time for debates plotting over dead bodies of our children
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        Nishanth
        Aug 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm
        This dappu does not know hospital needs oxygen.....according to him cows are the only source of oxygen.....visiting hospital is to get free samosa and bath soap (supplies for his Dalit visitor)....15 yrs as mla, this is the situation of Gorakhpur .....thankfully nothing will be lost bcos it was mostly governed by the ignorant...ignorance shouldn't be the ticket for goverence.......by the way a tea seller is busy getting 3lakh ppl unemployed, 4 lakh industry closed, and 3 lakh crore is lost as revenue by the government due to demonetisation.....no money for education and health only for his unproductive foreign trips, bjp horse trading of mla for 1000s of crores of rupees and their children's wedding celebration for crores of rupees.....no corruption only printing fake notes at their disposable.....the worst goverence India has seen...
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          Salam
          Aug 13, 2017 at 11:10 am
          The fact that Yogiji visited and took stock of the situation just two days before the incident, and that he was not informed about the tight payment situation is alarming. Also we can read in other news reports that the staff of the hospital have not been paid in months. So what kind of administrator is he? If his people feel threatened to give him proper feedback about the issues, he can only smile for the cameras. He should improve his re tion to someone who will listen to bad news without cuting the employees, rather than someone who likes only good news.
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            Arun prasath
            Aug 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm
            National Shame. Some heads are defending even this kind of disaster.
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              Krishna Kant Singh
              Aug 12, 2017 at 11:41 pm
              #SaveUttarPradesh #GorakhpurCoverup UP CM बच्चे मरते Trending on Twitter, other Social Media. But need is not to debate fascism but to smash it!
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                Nampurath Krishna
                Aug 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm
                Press-ti-tute brigade once again rear their ugly draconian face spreading canards against a honest dispensation, the death being reported from the hospital in Gorakhpur true but the canard spreading press-ti-tute brigade conspire to double the number from original. How these lunkheads could be called media person as they yet to realise the affect of internet that truth could be on fingertips ripping off their subterfuge of lies.
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                  david
                  Aug 13, 2017 at 10:04 am
                  Number doesn't matter ternet doesn't matter.Think freely.. Do you have children,? You can't imagine the pain when their child dies gasping for breath and those who responsible says that it is common or they should keep your surroundings clean...
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                  Mohan
                  Aug 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm
                  Did Indian Express bother to find out if anyone from the hospital had informed CM Yogi that deaths were BECAUSE OF NO OXYGEN SUPPLY -- when he had come calling? IF NOT WHAT KIND OF REPORTING DO YOU DO !
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                    Nishanth
                    Aug 13, 2017 at 4:26 pm
                    Ignorance is not an excuse. It shows he is incapable to govern. What was he visiting the hospital for??? For the samosa and bathing soap??? Learn the basis of management before commenting???? 15 years he has been the mla of this cons uency and he doesn't know???? People there r dumb....still they don't learning.....get some educated guys to govern.....nowadays ignorance is the ticket to goverence.....tea seller got 4cr ppl jobless and 3 lakh industries shut....and 3 lakh cr ₹ lost by government by demonetisation.....no money for health and education government funding....only money to give to congress MLAs 15cr....and for their sons and daughters wedding of 500crs.....
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                      Samir
                      Aug 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm
                      Its just human children... think what would be the situation , it that were 60 cows.. or calves .. oh my God all India would have been on fire!!!
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