Gorakhpur hospital chief suspended over children's deaths

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Gorakhpur hospital chief suspended over children's deaths

Later, the chief of the hospital was suspended by the Yogi goverment.

"The daily annual average of deaths for 2014-2016 is 17-18 per day in the BRD medical college hospital, he said". "Total 30 deaths in last 48 hours", he told ANI. Hospital authorities have rejected the alleged reasons.

Then UP CM Akhilesh has also blamed the present state government of being non-serious towards such issues, and said what has happened is a serious matter. UP Congress chief Raj Babbar had also made the same comment as Yadav. However, on Thursday, the supply was disrupted again leading to more deaths. According to ABP News, the hospital had to pay of Rs 66 Lakh to a company.

The hospital in which the deaths occurred between Thursday night and Monday noon is in chief minister Yogi Adityanath's constituency.

The region is one of India's poorest and registers hundreds of child deaths each year from Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which is rife in parts of eastern and northern India. He had even inaugurated a ten bed ICU, a six bed Critical Care Unit.

Yesterday, District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela addressed a press conference and confirmed the death of 30 children in the last two days and seven deaths in the last 24 hours.

Rautela said that the hospital owed 6.8 million rupees ($106,000) to the company, but added that it had adequate numbers of oxygen cylinders. But hospital sources inform that hospital administration was aware of oxygen shortage, but it never paid any attention to it.

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

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad expressing his concern over the incident said, "It's a heart-wrenching incident". He has rushed two top ministers, including health minister Sidharth Nath Singh to Gorakhpur. He also told the opposition not to "politicize" the issue.

She urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate cognisance of the crime and bring the culprits to book.

The HT report suggested that the 3,000-odd deaths are among 50,000 children killed in eastern Uttar Pradesh over the past three decades, majority due to Japanese encephalitis (JE) and acute encephalitis syndrome (AES).

Speaking about the non-payment of the dues by the hospital to the firm responsible to supply the oxygen, Yogi Adityanath said, "When the money released by Medical Education has reached there, is it the mistake of the Minster or the Principal?"

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