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BRD Medical College: 69 children dead in 4 days; 19 in last 24 hours

Nineteen children have died in the hospital in the last 24 hours — 13 neonatal (newborn) deaths, and six suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), according to BRD Medical College principal P K Singh.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: October 13, 2017 8:12 am
Gorakhpur tragedy, Gorakhpur children death, Gorakhpur hospital deaths, Yogi Adityanath, BRD Medical College, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh, Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pneumonia, Indian express According to hospital records, the number of deaths varied from 12 to 20 each day. According to records, 12 children died on October 7, 20 on October 8, 18 died on October 9, and 19 deaths were reported on October 10. (Representational photo)

About two months after deaths of children at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur created a national uproar, leading to the arrest of the institution’s principal, a doctor and other staff, the number of deaths at the hospital continue to remain high. Nineteen children have died at the hospital in the last 24 hours — 13 neonatal (newborn) deaths, and six others suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), according to BRD Medical College principal P K Singh. Sixty-nine deaths have been reported at the hospital in the four days since October 7.

In the second week of August, 60 deaths were reported over five days. “Most of these deaths are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) due to various reasons — such as pneumonia, septicemia, asphyxia, etc,” college principal Singh said. He said a large number of newborns in critical condition are coming to the hospital from far-off places.

“There are 118 children admitted at NICU at present, of which 13 died due to different medical reasons,” Singh said. “There are 333 patients admitted in the pediatric ward.” Of these 333 patients, 109 children are suffering from AES, he said.

According to hospital records, the number of patients admitted varied between 333 and 360 over the last four days, and the number of deaths varied from 12 to 20 each day. According to records, 12 children died on October 7, 20 on October 8, 18 died on October 9, and 19 deaths were reported on October 10. Asked about these deaths, Singh maintained, “Most of these deaths are in NICU due to various medical reasons, and the rest are due to AES.”

The deaths in August had grabbed national attention after reports that the hospital faced shortage of oxygen supply at the time. Although the state government had denied that the deaths were due to oxygen shortage, action was taken against the then college principal, in-charge of the particular ward as well as clerks and the pharmacist for negligence.

An FIR was lodged against them, as well as the supplier of liquid oxygen to the hospital, and all the accused have been arrested.

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  1. Kshitij Bedmutha
    Oct 13, 2017 at 7:42 pm
    Just blaming doctors and hospital staff will not suffice. Corrupt Government officials and administrators should be sacked. Why mosquitoes and vectors causing disease are not brought under control.. why healthcare is so neglected in India?? It's just the apathy of govt.. this is not just in up.. it's the condition of every government hospitals...these IAS officers are eating our money.. and spending a lavish life. Poor have to suffer...
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      Sanoj Gaud
      Oct 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm
      All the time issue happened don't making and seeing it has a political concern and hospital management is the responsibility for died children, hospitals must provide all required information to parents and pregnant ladies on regarding to diseases. we are the educated people think before blaming any government. Mentoring is very important aspect to pregannat ladies that should be given by society. Ourselves should take initiate and guide the them. Children , infants and kids were suffering with vitamin and protein deficiency and it's a long back running issue. Not only at UP, for example take Mumbai , delhi and other major cities there is a lot of slum at cities and think is it really required and why not society guide them. Or the word POOR is essential instead of rich.no body will excluding from our society. My Dear people if you have time try to give counselling to society it's not only government responsibility and I request to goovernment expand the hospital infrastructure.
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        Joseph
        Oct 13, 2017 at 2:53 pm
        India does not have primary health centre to take care of our new born children . But we are emerging number one country ahead of china. I cannot understand where we stand
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          18373
          Oct 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm
          Where the people like kailash satyarthi are when we need them?
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            David
            Oct 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm
            Mr yogi ji have atleast humanity to do something to stop child deaths in the hospital please
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