30 children, including newborns, die in India hospital


However, the UP government has denied that deaths happened due to oxygen supply cut.

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 report will be out in 24 hours", he added.

Multiple local media reports said the children died after the company which was supplying oxygen stopped the service, apparently over non-payment of dues running into millions of rupees.

He further said that the arrangement of oxygen cylinders was duly made and a strict action will be taken against those responsible for the mishap.

Most of those who died were suffering from encephalitis which is frequently reported case among children in Gorakhpur.

Of these, seven deaths were reported since Thursday night - three in the neonatal ward, two in the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) ward and two in the general ward - while the other 23 deaths were reported since midnight of August 9.

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"The junior doctors tried to salvage the situation, but they were helpless because there was no oxygen".

The state govt has blamed the hospital for the negligence and said a thorough probe has been ordered into the incident. 300 patients in Encephalitis Ward are given oxygen through a pipeline from this plant. Looking to the risky situation, 90 jumbo cylinders of oxygen were managed from outside. The hospital administration has enough supply of cylinders in its stock. The state government has also rubbished reports about non-availability of oxygen at the hospital.

The liquid oxygen plant at the college had been installed two years ago and piped oxygen supply was given to 300 patients at a time.

As per the hospital's agreement with Pushpa Sales, the company was supposed to give a credit of Rs 10 lakhs but hospital would have to clear the due amount over and above the credit limit, to enjoy uninterrupted supply of oxygen from the company.

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

BRD is the largest hospital in Gorakhpur district, the parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The disease has been a serial killer for the last 36 years. Again, 50 cylinders were brought at 3.30 am that lasted till 7.30 am. The mortality rate rose to 29 per cent in 2013 and is above 30 per cent since 2014.