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Not a tragedy, it's a massacre: Kailash Satyarthi on Gorakhpur hospital deaths

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday expressed deep shock at the tragic death of 30 ailing children Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday expressed deep shock at the tragic death of 30 ailing children
Sammy Stanley | 14 August, 2017, 00:10

Lucknow/Gorakhpur: The Uttar Pradesh government has warned stringent action against those responsible for the series of deaths of children at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur over the last few days. Parents claimed the oxygen supply to the children's ward ran out on Thursday night and that relatives were given self-inflating bags to help the children breathe.

An inquiry committee has been set up to ascertain the exact causes of the deaths and it has been asked to submit its report by tomorrow evening.

Dr KK Gupta, the DGME of Gorakhpur, today said, "We have looked at each point in great detail. analysed everything. there were no deaths between 11.30 pm - 1.30 am, when the oxygen had finished".

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

Subsequently, Union Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel and Union Health Secretary will visit Gorakhpur to take stock of the situation, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a tweet. And the news came out that 63 children died due to disruption of oxygen supply.

Indian Tourists Among 600 Stranded Due To Nepal Floods
Authorities say the death toll could go up as more people are missing in floods in the eastern Tarai. Severe monsoon flooding and landslides killed almost two dozen people in eastern Nepal on Saturday.

Neonatal and encephalitis wards are reported most deaths. The lack of oxygen allegedly led to encephalitis, which is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain, following which the children died.

The issue of the unpaid bills for oxygen supply has become a flashpoint in relations between the hospital and the state government, after the suspended hospital chief on Saturday accused state officials of not answering his requests for money.

"I am pained beyond words by the tragic deaths of 30 children in Gorakhpur. Those found guilty won't be spared". The death of 30 children over two days, has grabbed headlines, but according to a Hindustan Times report, more than 3,000 children have died at the BRD Medical College since 2012.

Despite all the attention to the incident, the hospital was still ordering liquid oxygen cylinders as of Sunday morning.

The Congress leader further attacked state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh over his remark that August witnesses a high number of deaths, and told ANI that "Such excuses coming from him is shameful and he should resign as well".

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