Forty-nine children died at the district hospital over the past month in Farukhabd allegedly due to lack of oxygen following which an FIR has been lodged against the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Medical Superintendent, sources said on Monday. As many as 49 children have died in the last one month and an FIR was registered last night by the city magistrate, sources added.
After local channels reported the death of 49 children in the hospital, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office took cognisance of the matter and directed District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar to conduct a probe. The probe confirmed deaths due to shortage of oxygen, Kumar said. The FIR was registered against the COM and CMOS for their alleged laxity, he said. City Magistrate, Jayendra Kumar Jain and SDM Ajit Kumar Singh said the probe found that deaths were due to lack of oxygen.
The death of children in the Farukhabad hospital comes after at least 30 children died in a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur on August 10-11 amid allegations of oxygen shortage.