Kids' death toll rises to 72 in Yogi's UP

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda during a press conference after visiting BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur
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14 August, 2017

Gorakhpur children tragedy LIVE updates: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath today visited the BRD medical college along with Union health minister JP Nadda.

Even as 90 jumbo oxygen cylinders were pressed into service to maintain the supply on Friday, the hospital ran out of oxygen around 1 am.

In the wake of the awful Gorakhpur hospital tragedy claiming 63 lives allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Saturday said the guilty will not be spared. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones. The company had been supplying oxygen on humanitarian basis as they didn't have a contract from the government.

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya today said the guilty will not be spared.

Under attack from opposition over the incident, Siddhartha Nath Singh has appealed not to "make this political".

The Congress also alleged that the Adityanath government was running an "operation cover-up" in an attempt to bury the truth. The deaths have been blamed on shortage of oxygen supply and infections.

The region is one of India's poorest and registers hundreds of child deaths each year from Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which is rife in parts of eastern and northern India. Twenty-three children died between Wednesday and Thursday.

Over 70 children have died since August 7 at the medical college in Gorakhpur, which falls under Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Lok Sabha constituency. Of the 30 deaths, 17 took place in the neonatal intensive care unit. Who so ever is found guilty will not be spared, so that no such incident happens in future. Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was concerned about the incident and assured all cooperation to UP in health sector.

"Magisterial enquiry has already been ordered by the state government".

Meanwhile, the Congress on Sunday noted that GorakhpurHospital tragedy clearly reflects the failure of the state government and demanded that Yogi Adityanath immediately resign as Chief Minister.

Hospital officials deny lack of oxygen caused the deaths, saying alternative supplies were found, and blamed numerous deaths instead on encephalitis and unspecified issues related to delivery of the infants.

UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh, while addressing to the media, said an "appropriate investigation is to be done and brisk action would be made".


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