Indian state suspends hospital chief following deaths of 60 children

30 children were reported dead in a span of 48 hours

The action was taken following report submitted to chief minister Yogi Adityanath by state health minister Siddhartha Nath Singh and state medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon, who visited the hospital earlier in the day, on his instruction.

Local media have claimed that some of the deaths were due to a shortage of oxygen which occurred after a supplier withdrew equipment as a result of unpaid bills. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones. Despite the fact that hospital had kept away from paying the dues to the company supplying oxygen, Rautela asserts that 50 oxygen cylinders were there at the hospital which is kept as an alternative.

The Chief Minister had also said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered and a committee has been formed to look into the Gorakhpur tragedy. The tragedy has been condemned as a "massacre" and the step from the government comes after the provincial administration got battered by allegations of criminal negligence by rights groups and opposition parties.

UP Congress President Raj Babbar termed the incident unfortunate and sought action by CM Yogi Adity-anath, while Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav sought a compensation of Rs20 lakh each to the kin of the dead.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed sadness over the death of children in Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

He rejected the UP government's contention that the deaths were due to diseases such as Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis which are prevalent in the region. On Thursday, the hospital had been functioning without any oxygen cylinders for 2 hours.

This is the first such incident of such a large number of child deaths from the hospital. Thirty of the deaths were recorded between Thursday and Friday alone, the hospital said. "Apart from the medical centre, the union government has assured the state of all possible assistance, as it has already been providing", the Health Minister added. Speaking to media persons, he said his contract with the hospital had ended in March and was not renewed.

Despite calling the disruption of oxygen as a major lapse, the UP government maintained that none of the deaths were caused due to shortage of oxygen.

A hospital in India has been accused of failing to provide enough oxygen after 60 children died on its wards in five days.



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