Gorakhpur hospital oxygen supplier denies 'disruption' in supply

Evrard Martin
Août 12, 2017

Hitting out at Yogi government over the deaths of 30 children in the last two days at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh called for strong action. District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela said Saturday the deaths of the children being treated for different ailments were due to natural causes.

Hospital reports are saying that 30 Children died in last few days because of the oxygen supply cut.

"It is a fact that the hospital is overcrowded and the number of patients it caters to is far more than what it can manage", said health secretary CK Mishra.

Singh accepted that there was a payment issue with the liquid oxygen supplier but added that there was no shortage of gas cylinders at the hospital, which were used as back-ups.

At Gorakhpur's government-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College more than 30 children had died between Thursday and Friday due to shortage of oxygen.

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

Meanwhile, four more deaths have been reported from the BRD hospital today. BRD medical hospital is under chief minister Yogi Adityanath's.

"Seven children have died due to lack of oxygen in the ward", Sameer Chaudhary, a parent whose six-year-old nephew is admitted to the hospital said. On Thursday, the center pipeline operator had informed in writing that the reading of Liquid Oxygen is 900 and if the oxygen supply is not available at the time of time then the life of the patients will be in danger.

The opposition has cornered the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government in the state demanding resignation from of Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on the moral grounds following the tragedy that has exposed the apathy of the failed medical system.

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.

Dubbing the Gorakhpur Hospital deaths as "extremely painful", Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati on Saturday strongly condemned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 64 tragic deaths.

Rautela said a magisterial investigation had been ordered into the deaths. "The government needs to tackle it with a rigorous campaign", said R. N. Singh, a medical doctor who has been leading the fight against the disease in Gorakhpur district.

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