At Gorakhpur hospital, 42 children die over two days

Top officials at the hospital said seven children were suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). The others, the official said, died of other diseases.

Written by Maulshree Seth , Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Published: August 30, 2017 5:50 am
gorakhpur, gorakhpur hospital deaths, gorakhpur children deaths, Gorakhpur news A large number of children admited at ICU for encephalitis treatment ,At least 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s BRD Hospital after Supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted yesterday due to pending payment. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav/File)

FORTY-TWO children died over two days until Tuesday at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) and paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Top officials at the hospital said seven children were suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). The others, the official said, died of other diseases.

The news coincided with former BRD Medical College principal Dr Rajeev Mishra, and his wife Purnima Shukla arrest from Kanpur in connection with the death of over 60 children admitted between August 7 and 11, some of them allegedly due to lack of oxygen.

Mishra and Shukla — the latter is senior homeopathic medical officer at Government Homeopathic Hospital at Gola, Gorakhpur — had been suspended earlier. They were among nine people booked in the case.

Special Task Force (STF) Inspector General Amitabh Yash said the two were arrested from Saket Nagar area of Kanpur in the afternoon. A police team from Gorakhpur, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Charu Nigam, left for Kanpur later in the day to take custody of the two.

In the case of deaths earlier this month, the authorities had maintained that the children had died from encephalitis and other medical reasons, and not due to a snap in oxygen supply.

Prior to Tuesday’s report, the hospital had maintained that 200 children had died at the institution this month.

Officiating principal of the hospital P K Singh said, “Until midnight on August 27, there were 342 patients in the paediatrics department, of whom 17 died. Until midnight on August 28, there were 344 patients on bed; 25 of them died.”

According to records of the paediatrics department, of 17 deaths on Sunday, six had died at the NICU and 11 at the PICU. None of these deaths, according to records, occurred due to encephalitis. On Monday, of 25 deaths reported, 15 were reported in PICU and 10 in NICU.

Singh said that of these 25 deaths, seven were due to AES. “The others died due to various ailments. Records of August 29 will be available on August 30,” he said.

Ex-principal, wife to be brought to Gorakhpur today

“A police team led by Charu Nigam has left for Kanpur. The team will take custody of Dr Rajeev Mishra and Purnima Shukla. We have enough evidence against them,” Gorakhpur SSP Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj said.

Investigating officer of the case and Cantonment area circle officer in Gorakhpur, Abhishek Kumar Singh, said, “The police team will seek their transit remand from the local court tomorrow (Wednesday) to bring them to Gorakhpur.”

Following investigation by the state chief secretary into the deaths of over 60 children, an FIR was lodged over the deaths at Lucknow’s Hazratganj Police Station against nine people. The case was later transferred to Gorakhpur.

Gorakhpur police had sought the help of STF to trace all nine accused: Mishra and Shukla, Dr Kafeel Khan and Dr Satish, four clerical staff, and the owner of M/s Pushpa Sales, the company responsible for the supply of liquid oxygen at the hospital. All eight officials attached with the government-run hospital have been suspended.

Patients from neighbouring districts of UP, Bihar as well as Nepal come to BRD Medical College and Hospital for treatment. In most cases, it takes them more than two hours to reach the hospital. While the government has turned primary and community health centres into encephalitis treatment centres, parents come to BRD hospital due to lack of paediatricians at most of these centres.

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    George Cruz
    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    The BJP/Yogi has been in power for a short period and doesn't have a magic wand to cure the economic malaise created by the dynasty of Yadav's and the Dalit Supremo Mayawati for decades. Why are the communists, the TMC, the AAP, the congress party pseudo secular thugs are complaining now???????
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      Dr Ashutosh
      Aug 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm
      Dear Nadda and Yogi. Do we again terminate the services of doctors working overtime with clean conscience in lieu of the recent deaths.It is a shame that instead of the state and state actors taking the responsibility of provide poor infrastructure the doctors are made scapegoats and public is shown that the govt has taken action.Having said that the politicians and ministers of deptt concerned should straightaway be terminated and never allowed to function again in future.If the parliament / assembly make res and codes for all , it should make similar rules for people elected to these houses
      1. Q
        Aug 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm
        Now india is getting a lot of monery from GST at what and where they will spend this taxpayers money if they are not able to save the future of India. Every day children, men women are dying in flooding water by accident by train derailment but modiji is talking man ki baat instead of kaam ki baat. Total failure of stata and union govts.
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          Kamal Pasha
          Aug 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm
          How come only children are dying in hospitals all over India? Something smell fishy.
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            Jai hind
            Aug 30, 2017 at 11:40 am
            These bstrds will still remain careless andwill run the hospital without upgrading it to a quality where ths desease can be cured .this desease is not lfe taking any ways.proper treatment can help them survive .Aah how could a man CM who had not married n hv kids understand the value of children
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