1. LIVE: 30 children die in 48 hours at Gorakhpur hospital; UP government denies deaths due to oxygen supply cut

LIVE: 30 children die in 48 hours at Gorakhpur hospital; UP government denies deaths due to oxygen supply cut

As many as 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital, reported ANI today. The children died allegedly after oxygen supply was cut.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2017 11:56 AM
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As many as 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s BRD Hospital, reported ANI today. The children died allegedly after oxygen supply was cut, TV reports said. However, the UP government has denied that deaths happened due to oxygen supply cut. Gorakhpur is Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s former Parliamentary constituency. Earlier, on August 9, UP Chief Minister had gone to the hospital for inspection. According to ABP News, the hospital had to pay of Rs 66 Lakh to a company. But as the cost was not paid, the oxygen supply was allegedly stopped, resulting in the tragic incident.

Here are updates on the tragic incident:

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said he is deeply pained. Rahul held BJP government responsible for the tragic incident and demanded action.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi expresses her deep shock at the tragic incident and said she was pained beyond words by the tragedy. She said that her heart goes out to the families of the innocent children who fell prey to “gross negligence and incorrigible misconduct on the part of the authorities,” as per IANS.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and UP Congress President Raj Babbar to visit Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur tomorrow, ANI reports.

UP government denies reports that children died due to oxygen supply cut.

Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela confirmed the death of children in the last 48 hours at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College. However, he didn’t confirm the reason. “Total 30 deaths in last 48 hours,” he told ANI. According to ANI, Rautela said, “Supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted yesterday due to pending payment.” He has requested suppliers not to disrupt supply. A total number of 60 deaths have occurred in the past 5 days at, the report added.

A total number of 60 deaths have occurred in the past 5 days at Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital. (ANI)
30 children died in 2 Days. (ANI)

According to ANI report, UP medical education minister, Ashutosh Tondon said,” No deaths due to lack of oxygen supply and 7 people have died today.” He added,”District Magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, report will be out in 24 hrs.” Tondon further said,”3 deaths happened in Neonatal ICU,2 due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) and 2 due to Non-AES today,” reported ANI.

Earlier in May 2017, as per PTI report, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had launched a campaign to eradicate the deadly encephalitis disease that claims the lives of hundreds of children every year in Uttar Pradesh. He stressed on awareness and public participation for the success of the campaign that has been rolled out in 38 districts in the worst-affected eastern region of the state.

“We eradicated diseases like polio and filaria and now encephalitis is our target,” he said after launching the campaign here. Some 40,000 children have died of the disease in the past four decades in the region. “Today’s campaign has been started with the aim of eradicating encephalitis of all kinds — Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)– and making the state encephalitis-free in the coming few years,” he said.

The chief minister said that though the programme was on all over the country with the blessings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is taken up with special vigour in the state where more than 38 districts have been hit by the killer disease. “Besides awareness (about the disease), people’s participation is essential (to overcome the challenge) and we will make an appeal to common people to pay importance to hygiene and consume only clean drinking water,” he said.

  1. Sudharsan R
    Aug 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    Now the entire North India People will feel how BJP Kills in the name of New India and fooled entire people by destroying all natural resources for money in the name of Make in India,Digital India....
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    1. कौशलेन्द्र प्रताप
      Aug 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm
      हमारे इंडिया की जनता जगरूप नहीं है इस लिए सरकार का जो मन हो रहा है वही कर रही है ये गलत . है जिन बच्चो की जान गई है वो गरीब थे वो हमारे देश के भविस्य थे जिनका मर्डर किया गया .अगर ये किसी बड़े नेता या किसी पैसे वाले बड़े आदमी के bache होते तो ऐसा नहीं होता हम छोटे आदमी तो कीड़े है सर्कार के लिए जागो जनता जागो प्ल्ज़ नहीं तो ये हमारे लिए बहुत ा होगा जागो भाई जागो जागो माता जागो ये किसी के साथ हो सकता है हमारे साथ और आप के साथ भी
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      1. R
        Rushil
        Aug 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm
        Very sad to hear. The government should start an inquiry and give severe punishment to the people responsible. Whoever is responsible should be charged with murder
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        1. David Wieland
          Aug 12, 2017 at 1:25 am
          From they looks of it they are in the midst of a deadly Encephalitis outbreak, Unfortunately the survival rate does not look good especially for children
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