In Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur, at least 30 children die in hospital in a span of 48 hours

Gorakhpur: Yogi Adityanath’s Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur has seen at least 114 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome this year alone. AES is an umbrella classification under which comes the diseases Japanese Encephalitis, water-borne encephalitis and scrub typhus, among others.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 11, 2017 10:16 pm
Gorakhpur, Gorakhpur children deaths, Gorakhpur school children death, Yogi adityanath Gorakhpur: Meanwhile, state medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon, however, clarified to ANI that no deaths took place due to lack of oxygen supply, adding that seven people have died today.

At least 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s BRD Hospital, reported news agency ANI. “Total 30 deaths in last 48 hours. Supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted yesterday due to pending payment. Requested suppliers not to disrupt supply,” said District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur has seen at least 114 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) this year alone. AES is an umbrella classification under which comes the diseases Japanese Encephalitis (JE), water-borne encephalitis and scrub typhus, among others. As an MP, Yogi Adityanath had actively raised the issue.

Meanwhile, state medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon, however, clarified to ANI that no deaths took place due to lack of oxygen supply, adding that seven people have died today. Tandon was quoted by news agency ANI as saying: “District Magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, report will be out in 24 hours. Three deaths happened in Neonatal ICU, two due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) and two due to non-AES today.”

Terming the death of children as unfortunate, UP Congress President Raj Babbar said, “It shows the insensitivity of the the state government.” “The state government is responsible for the deaths. How can there be shortage of oxygen? The CM himself was on visit to (adjoining) Mahrajganj yesterday. Gorakhpur is his home district and he should have visited the medical college in Gorakhpur to know about the ground reality there,” he said.

He sought resignation of the health minister on moral grounds and compensation of Rs 20 lakh each to the kin of children who died. Babbar said that the chief minister should seek a report from all districts about the health facilities there. Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chowhdury too termed the incident as unfortunate and demanded resignation of the health minister.

“The health minister should resign on moral grounds. CM should fix accountability and also take responsibility. Gorkahpur is his home district and such incident there shows insensitivity of the government,” he said.

In the wake of this incident, an inquiry committee has been set up to ascertain the exact causes of the deaths and it has been asked to submit its report by Saturday evening.

In an interview to the Indian express, Ravindra Kumar, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Gorakhpur, said the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is reducing with each passing year. “The CFR last year was more than 20 percent and this year we have reduced it to 16 percent. In 2015, the CFR was somewhere near 30 percent,” CMO said, adding that the threat of JE has nearly ended although it has, like lsat year, claimed three deaths this year.

“In the months of August to October, people are more prone to acquiring some form of AES. Therefore we are trying to make people aware of the importance of cleanliness, drink clean and boiled water, and should rush to hospital if there is fever,” said the CMO.

(with PTI inputs)

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    Indian
    Aug 13, 2017 at 9:03 am
    Lots of JE breeding pig farms in Gorakhpur.
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      P
      Aug 12, 2017 at 9:05 am
      Game in ICU I heard people complaining that in ICU criminal treatment happens and no one knows about it....medicine is not given to people and being sold out afterwards.....etc. etc.....and people die......the surprise is no one has ever made sting recording of these things and no body has been punished for death penalty as these are cold blooded murders. I dont agree that in ICU family member cannot stay...... medical professional are getting involved in it ( may be not all, but who will certify who is good or who is bad). My Suggestion: Govt must bring clear rule for allowing one member of family to sit inside ICU full time (with all protection)...and that all medicines to be given in their presence ......seeing the bad examples of medical people we cannot allow this to continue.....one more thing that inside hospitals people should be allowed to make recordings and no hospital can write photography is prohibited in this hospital....
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        Joe
        Aug 12, 2017 at 8:21 am
        Gau mutra doesn't cure death by negligence?
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          Elias
          Aug 12, 2017 at 7:40 am
          Moral only for Health Minister,why CM should not resign morally
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            master
            Aug 12, 2017 at 6:24 am
            Please don't blame yogi. He is busy providing ambulances and hospitals for cows. People should not be impatient. Thier turn will come very soon.
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              Logic Induction
              Aug 12, 2017 at 5:02 am
              Crisis of Impunity !
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                sachith
                Aug 12, 2017 at 4:56 am
                Very sad news The whole country need to rethink our priorities. Fall for the distractions using religion or Safe Place for next generation.
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                  Michelle:Vedic:Human
                  Aug 12, 2017 at 4:52 am
                  Yogi Adityanath should use the services of Rajnath singh and identify the babies afflicted with AES and kill them using anti-anti-national OFFICIAL THUGS in their house instead of allowing them to go to hospital and self inflicting damage to himself.
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