Gorakhpur children's deaths: Opposition asks UP CM Yogi Adityanath to resign

A child at encephalitis ward. Image Courtesy ANI  Twitter

Opposition parties were raising the issue as the government was shying away from its responsibilities, he said.

The shortage of oxygen led to the encephalitis, which is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain, following which the children died.

In a shocking incident, eight children died of lack of oxygen in the Encephalitis ward of BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur on Thursday night raising a big question over the prevailing infrastructure in state-run hospitals.

"There haven't been any deaths due to lack of oxygen supply".

In a massive case of negligence, at least 30 children have lost their lives due to encephalitis in the last 48 hours at Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital in Uttar Pradesh.

A statement issued by the state Information Department late evening categorically denied reports shown by "some TV channels as misleading". "Those responsible will not be spared", said State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh who has been directed by Adityanath to look into the matter.

CM Adityanath instructed Health Minister and Minister of Technical and Medical Education for proper investigation and strict action.

Ace cricket veteran, Virender Sehwag, expressed grief over recent children's deaths due to encephalitis in Gorakhpur.

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He urged the Opposition parties to not politicise the tragic deaths.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who visited the hospital, blamed the State government for the "lapse" and demanded that the Health Minister and Medical Education Minister be sacked.

The Hindustan Times newspaper on Saturday described chaotic scenes at the hospital as the oxygen supply was disrupted.

The spokesman claimed that only seven deaths had taken place due to medical reasons.

Local media reports said on Thursday that the deaths were owing to this oxygen shortage which occurred after a private supplier stopped its supply over unpaid hospital dues. This comes at a time the ruling BJP government is looking to revamp the healthcare system in the state.

At a press conference in Lucknow, Yogi also said that he has also sent two ministers to the BRD Medical College to investigate the matter.

It's a massacre not a tragedy, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Friday reacting to the incident. He added,"District Magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, report will be out in 24 hrs".

According to data procurred from the BRD hospital, in five days - from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths occurred in the hospital.

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