Oxygen supply disruption: 30 children die in India hospital

Oxygen supply disruption: 30 children die in India hospital

Oxygen supply disruption: 30 children die in India hospital

At least 30 children died in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College due to disruption of oxygen supply, claimed reports.

A statement issued by the state Information Department late evening categorically denied reports shown by "some TV channels as misleading".

Thirty-four children died in two days in a public hospital in the north of India, announced on Friday that the police, local media, involving the lack of oxygen supply in the institution. "Doctors said alternative arrangements were made to deal with the emergency", he added.

According to Hindustan Times, the oxygen supply at the medical college was allegedly stopped after the suppliers' bill of Rs 67 lakh was not cleared. Hospital tried to supply the oxygen by its recently installed liquid oxygen plant, but as the capacity of the plant was low itself, no substantial supply could be given.

While conceding the fact that 30 victims died within a span of 48 hours, Rautela said seven among them died between Thursday night to Friday morning.

"The junior doctors tried to salvage the situation, but they were helpless because there was no oxygen". The negligence has raised a question over the prevailing infrastructure in the state-run hospitals in Uttar Pradesh. According to the sources, technicians had informed hospital authorities about the shortage of oxygen but it fell on deaf ears. 300 patients in Encephalitis Ward are given oxygen through a pipeline from this plant.

"The BRD principal told us that out of an outstanding of Rs 70 lakh, Rs 35 lakh was paid to the Lucknow-based firm. I had requested suppliers not to disrupt supply", Rautela was quoted as saying by ANI, adding that the cylinders present in the hospital were sufficient to address the needs of the patients.

The DM admitted that the payment was due but said there was no scarcity of oxygen.

The hospital lies in the home turf of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the incident comes two days after he himself inspected the hospital during his tour of Gorakhpur. The disease has been a serial killer for the last 36 years. The 23 deaths comprised of 14 in the neonatal ward, three in the AES ward and six in the general ward. The death rate, 2 to 3 years ago, used to range between 16 and 20 per cent but in the last couple of years it has taken a unsafe turn.

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