Negligence by UP Govt. unacceptable, says CPM on Gorakhpur tragedy

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Just a few administrative and medical negligence and it cost 30 children their lives in just 48 hours.

Another child suffering from encephalitis passed away in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College on Sunday morning.

At least 64 children have died over six days at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages, officials said Saturday.

The procurred data also shows the number of oxygen cylinders sent for refilling each day, showing a clear shortage of liquid oxygen in the hospital. Though the Gorakhpur district magistrate had not given any reason for the deaths, an official here had said that according to the Gorakhpur SP, 21 children died due to oxygen supply shortage.

UP Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh, however, said the oxygen supply went down on August 10, but the situation was brought under control within a few hours.

Union Minister of State for health and family welfare Anupriya Patel visited Lucknow to take stock of the situation.

Spending on public health in India, relative to the country's GDP, is among the lowest in the world.

"Our war is with encephalitis and for that soon after coming to power we have started vaccination on a large scale", said Yogi.

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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed the media over the tragic death of children in Gorakhpur hospital.

Maurya further maintained that the Uttar Pradesh Government always has medical and health facilities on its priority list, adding that proper investigation has been initiated in the mishap.

However, moments before Adityanath's arrival, a father told News Nation channel that was reportedly forced by the hospital administration in Gorakhpur to carry the dead body of his baby on an auto.

When asked about the allegations put forward by oxygen supply agencies about their due payments, he said, "This is a wrong allegation against me".

On the other hand, the Opposition hit out at state government branded the suspension as "eyewash", and demanded that an all-party delegation should look into the matter. "The ongoing probe would reveal why the supply was disrupted", Singh said, while addressing reporters.

Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela said that the disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen is the cause of the deaths at the BRD hospital.

Parmatma Gautam, whose one-month-old nephew, Roshan, died, said the hospital and authorities were trying to cover up their failure to pay their bills on time. But then why has the BRD medical college hospital principal have been suspended?

Congress Vice President also tweeted about children dying in the hospitals on Friday, August 11.

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