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13 August 2017, 09:05 | Erica Roy
Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital
The government, meanwhile, said that deaths of children in the hospital this year was much lower than previous years due to steps taken by the administration.
The hospital allegedly owes Rs 70 lakh to a private contractor who stopped supplying oxygen cylinders due to non-payment of dues. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.
"What followed was complete chaos as panic-stricken relatives of patients ran for help, and with the support of hospital staff tried to maintain supply of oxygen. using artificial manual breathing bags (AMBB)". In addition to it, it questioned Adityanath's contribution to the state, mainly because the imcident took place in his own constituency - Gorakhpur.
As anger grew over the deaths, opposition parties and government critics led the charge for Adityanath's resignation.
Earlier, UP Health Minister Sidhharth Nath Singh said that the Principal of BRD Medical College has been suspended following the death of 30 infants within a span of 48 hours since August 10.
Kafeel Khan, a hospital doctor, also said the cause of death was not lack of oxygen. Rautela was quoted by PTI as saying that 17 childrendied in the neo-natal ward, five in the AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and eight in the general ward.
Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deeply concerned and has offered complete support, Adityanath said that nobody can be more sensitive than him in the regard. "The ongoing probe would reveal why the supply was disrupted", Singh said, while addressing reporters.
The number of oxygen cylinders sent for refilling each day, showed a clear shortage of liquidoxygen in the hospital, as per the procured data. There should not be any delay in making payments. Union Minister of Health JP Nadda is also here to take stock of the situation, he added.
The chief minister said he had asked the officials during his August 9 meeting about the issues such as encephalitis, dengue, kala-azar, swine flu and chikunguniya besides what all they required.
Congress Vice President also tweeted about children dying in the hospitals on Friday, August 11. According to reports from the paediatric department of the college, 60 children died due to various diseases since 7 August, he had said.
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.
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