At least 30 children die in Indian hospital in two days


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday visited the Baba Raghav Das Medical college hospital in Gorakhpur where 79 children lost their lives. The principal had later resigned taking "moral responsibility" for the death of the children admitted in the hospital's paediatric ward.

There have been reports of an oxygen shortage after a supplier withdrew equipment in a dispute over payments, and that "the authorities had been warned':". The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.

Principal of the BRD Medical College R K Mishra was suspended for alleged negligence and callousness. In addition to it, it questioned Adityanath's contribution to the state, mainly because the imcident took place in his own constituency - Gorakhpur.

"Whosoever is found guilty in the tragic and painful incident at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur will certainly face stringent action", deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters In Lucknow on Saturday.

UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh, while addressing to the media, said an "appropriate investigation is to be done and brisk action would be made".

Most victims were at the neonatal unit or being treated for encephalitis. The lack of oxygen allegedly led to encephalitis, which is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain, following which the children died.

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"For the last two to three days, the news that has been pouring in, PM Modi has been concerned".

District magistrate Rajeev Rautela said in press conference, "We have been told that BRD witnessed disturbance in liquid oxygen supply since last night as firm withdrew supply owing to non-payment", he said.

"Let reports of probe committee come". His resignation was confirmed by the state health minister.

Speaking to ANI before leaving for Gorakhpur to look into the matter personally, Patel said, "The incident is very unfortunate and we are deeply saddened".

There was panic at the hospital with relatives trying to support staff using manual breathing bags, local media say. Of these, 129 children had died, said Satish Chandra, a hospital spokesman.

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