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Negligence, oxygen shortage did not kill kids at Gorakhpur hospital: ministry in LS

Between August 7 and August 11 in 2017 over 60 children had died at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur. Initially it was reported that the deaths were caused because the hospital had run out of oxygen supply for the patients.

Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi | Updated: February 10, 2018 10:13 am
Union govt rules out negligence, lack of oxygen as causes behind Gorakhpur tragedy Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said there was no information that any newborn children had died due to lack of oxygen. (Express Photo)

Responding to two separate questions in Lok Sabha on Friday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare told the House that there was no indication that death of more than 60 children at a Gorakhpur hospital last August was a result of negligence. The ministry also said there was no information that any newborn had died for lack of oxygen.

More than 60 children had died at BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur between August 7 and 11 last year.

It was initially reported that the hospital had run out of oxygen supply, leading to the deaths. In October 2017, the police filed a chargesheet against seven people, including two doctors and the proprietor of the agency responsible for oxygen supply to the hospital, for attempt to commit culpable homicide and criminal conspiracy.

The ministry’s response in Parliament today ruled out both initially reported causes of deaths: oxygen shortage and negligence.

paradise papers, gorakhpur, tax evasion, brd hospital, up children death, icij, indian express investigation, indian express The ministry’s response in Parliament today ruled out both initially reported causes of deaths: oxygen shortage and negligence (Express Photo/Vishal Srivastav/File)

In response to Congress MP K V Thomas’s question — “whether newborn children have died in various parts of the country due to non-supply of oxygen in time” — Health Minister J P Nadda said, “As per information received from states, there are no such incidents reported where death of newborn children occurred due to lack of life-saving oxygen.”

AIMIM member Asaduddin Owaisi had asked whether “a large number of children’s death have been reported…due to human negligence…”. In reply, MoS (Health) Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated that there were “reports of newborns’ deaths from various hospitals in the country” in July and August 2017. Choubey said that “central teams were sent to these hospitals and reports were also received from State Governments. The findings do not indicate any human negligence.”

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  1. Kunal Roy
    Feb 11, 2018 at 1:08 am
    Ok...then what's the cause? If not lack of oxygen!
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    1. Rajaram V.V.
      Feb 10, 2018 at 7:03 pm
      Babies die in dozens, but without any causes. Finally, it is an act of God. Well done Health Minister a very scientific logic!!!!!!!
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      1. Anand Kumar Maurya
        Feb 10, 2018 at 11:49 am
        It's quite amazing and surprising that negligence was not the real cause of massive deaths of newly born children in a government hospital in Gorakhpur,UP.The real and sensible cause of deaths is yet to be explained by the government to the public.
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        1. Arun Kumar Gupta
          Feb 10, 2018 at 3:39 am
          Joke of the day. No one can save the people of this country because the government of the day thinks that shortage of oxygen due to which 70 children died can not be categorised as negligence.
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            drkhalid
            Feb 10, 2018 at 3:01 am
            The only mistake of those poor children was that they were born in India under sanghi rule and the only mistake of the doctor who is being made a Scape goat by dhongi yogi is that he chose to remain in India after completing his MBBS. He is 4 years my junior- I am happily practicing in a western country now. I was brought up in Gujarat and understood it early that govt can trap a poor Muslim anytime in India, so chose to leave India immediately after MBBS.
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              Sanjay duhan
              Feb 10, 2018 at 3:41 am
              I don’t agree that he has been trapped because he is Muslim though I don’t agree that he should have been trapped in first place.someone should have pointed out lack of infra structure as CM won’t get to know otherwise.there has to be accountability and should have been done by SIT so that politicians are answerable as well.
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              1. Rajaram V.V.
                Feb 10, 2018 at 7:09 pm
                Me, too want to leave this country because you are asking for reservation for minorities in every field, including medical profession. Imagine how many poor people will die under the treatment of doctors who get reservations for study, higer study and government employment
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                  Drkhalid
                  Feb 11, 2018 at 2:07 am
                  Then leave as soon as possible if you are capable. India is an Andher nagri , gandu feku raja, takke ser bhaaji, takke ser khaaja. Regarding reservations : all your upper caste veggies have formed a lobby in medical colleges, that led to a recent suicide attempt in Baroda medical college by a poor Dalit guy. You have a choice to select your own doctor . So don't cry about reservations. The university hospital where I work had a placard on my first working day - " equality Vs equity". All you rascals upper caste veggies need English rule or Muslim rule again to control your atrocities on poor SC, st and obc in India.
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