30 Children Die In Gorakhpur Hospital Due To Alleged Disruption Of Oxygen Supply

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8:54 pm 11 Aug, 2017


The alleged disruption of oxygen supply led to the deaths of 30 children at a hospital in Gorakhpur on Friday. The children were undergoing treatment for encephalitis.


The BRD Medical College at Gorakhpur. Wikimedia Commons

All of them died in the last 48 hours. The incident happened at Baba Raghav Das Medical College’s Nehru Hospital in this eastern city of Uttar Pradesh.

Media reports state that the incident happened due to a payment dispute between the hospital and the oxygen supplier.

A report claims that the there was frequent disruption of oxygen supply to the patients for an entire night. The medical college has a liquid oxygen plant, which was installed two years ago.

According to the report, the oxygen supplied from both cylinders and the plant went dry overnight even as hospital staff scrambled to save the lives of the patients.

The district magistrate, Rajeev Rautela, said that the deaths appear to have occurred due to a lack of oxygen.

But he later added that the hospital administration has denied that the deaths occurred due to various reasons and the patients did not die because of a lack of oxygen.

Seventeen of the 30 children died in the neo-natal ward, 5 in AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and 8 in the general ward.

State health minister Siddharthnath Singh, too, dismissed reports. He said that a “final picture will be clear after a report on it comes”.

The hospital is the largest in the entire Gorakhpur region, and hundreds of patients from nearby towns and villages flock to it for treatment.

The city is the former Parliamentary constituency Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. On August 9, the CM had himself visited the hospital for inspection.



He has been spearheading a campaign to eradicate the deadly encephalitis disease which kills hundreds of children in the state every year.

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