Oxygen vendor raided after 63 children die at UP hospital

Oxygen vendor raided after 63 children die at UP hospital

Oxygen vendor raided after 63 children die at UP hospital

Adityanath described the deaths as unfortunate and said that not all the deaths were caused by a shortage of oxygen supply, News18 reported.

As many as 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital, reported ANI today.

"It is pertinent to note that liquid medical oxygen is indispensable for serious patients admitted in the hospital", the letter further warned.

Parents of at least 35 of the youngsters said that the oxygen supply to the children's ward ran out on Thursday night.

"Dues exist, but we were not serving the hospital oxygen since March" he clarified. She also called upon the state Congress workers to provide relief to the families of victims.

Local officials have denied that the deaths are linked to a lack of oxygen supply.

"But the situation was managed through oxygen cylinders", Trivedi said. The supply was stopped yesterday (Thursday) but the hospital has enough cylinders in stock, ' he told AFP. "I'm saddened by the children's death". The company in question - Pushpa Sales - is believed to have cut oxygen supplies previous year as well when the outstanding touched almost Rs 50 lakh. Authorities conducted raids at the Lucknow-based oxygen suppliers premises.

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"We saw our baby struggling to breathe and we couldn't do anything", Mr Gautam said. The remaining 23 deaths took place from midnight of 9 August to on August 10.

"We are now going back with his body", Gautam sobbed.

Similarly, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who led a delegation to the hospital earlier, asserted that the Uttar Pradesh Government should apologize to the whole nation in regard to the same.

The deaths have sparked a political firestorm as opposition politicians sought to pin the blame on Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, which rules the state. "The BJP government is responsible and should punish the negligent who caused this tragedy", Rahul Gandhi said.

The disease has so far killed several thousand children in last three decades and 2005 was the worst year in which over 1500 children died, drawing global attention. Thirty children died in a UP hospital due to negligence which is very shameful. Of these, 129 children died, said Satish Chandra, a hospital spokesman. Opposition parties were raising the issue as the government was shying away from its responsibilities, he said.

"Encephalitis has a mortality rate as high as 30 percent".

Demanding a high-level inquiry into the incident, Mayawati said all possible help should be extended to the bereaved families.

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