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After Gorakhpur tragedy, now 3 children die in Raipur hospital; authorities reject cut in oxygen charge; CM Raman Singh orders probe

Days after the horrific incident occurred in which over 100 children lost their lives allegedly due to lack of oxygen in Gorakhpur’s BRD Hospital, an allegedly similar incident has taken place in Chattisgarh capital Raipur on Sunday night.

After Gorakhpur tragedy, now 3 children die in Raipur hospital; authorities reject cut in oxygen charge; CM Raman Singh orders probe
The state health department has ordered a probe and Chief Minister Raman Singh has expressed regret over the deaths. (Image: BR Ambedkar Hospital/ Official Website)

Days after the horrific incident occurred in which over 100 children lost their lives allegedly due to lack of oxygen in Gorakhpur’s BRD Hospital, an allegedly similar incident has taken place in Chattisgarh capital Raipur on Sunday night. Reportedly, three children died in Raipur’s BR Ambedkar Hospital due to lack of oxygen supply. Meanwhile, the state health department has ordered a probe and Chief Minister Raman Singh has expressed regret over the deaths. “No one responsible for this tragic incident will be spared,” the chief minister told reporters. An official of the Oxygen Supply department was consuming alcohol while on duty and later slept which led to the cut of oxygen supply, reported Navbharat Times while quoting the local media.

The police have arrested the official. However, clarifying the situation further, R Prasanna, Director, Health Services told ANI, “Yesterday there was a drop in oxygen pressure, there was no cut in oxygen supply.”

“CMO and Superintended immediately intervened and sorted the issue. Death of children are due to illness, information will be shared shortly,” he added. According to Hindustan Times sources in hospital, the children died between 12:30 am and 1:30 am on Monday as the oxygen pressure was low for around 30 minutes.

The BR Ambedkar Hospital is one of the largest government healthcare facilities in the state of Chhattisgarh where patients from cities come for treatment.

In Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital over 100 children have reportedly lost their lives since August 7 as oxygen supply was allegedly cut in the hospital. While it has been alleged that the incident took place due to lack of oxygen supply at the facility, but the Yogi Adityanath-led state government has maintained that the infants succumbed to encephalitis.

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First published on: 21-08-2017 at 12:45 IST