Less than a month after the death of 60 children in five days at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital, news has emerged of a similar occurrence in Farrukhabad. In the last month, 49 newborn children reportedly lost their lives in the Special Newborn Care Unit ward of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.
While 30 children died while receiving treatment at the Newborn Care Unit, the other 19 died shortly after being delivered. Several of the victims lost their lives due to a condition called perinatal asphyxia, which occurs when a child does not receive an adequate supply of oxygen.
The startling number of deaths were uncovered after a probe into the situation was ordered by Ravindra Kumar, the district magistrate of Farrukhabad. Kumar promptly fired the Chief Medical Officer(CMO) and the Chief Medical Superintendent(CMS) after an FIR was lodged against them and other doctors at the hospital, before being removed from his position as DM
Daya Nand Mishra, the Superintendent of Police, Farrukhabad, issued a statement saying, “we have lodged an FIR against chief medical officer Uma Kant Pandey, chief medical superintendent B P Pushkar and a few doctors of RML Hospital. The accused officers have been booked under IPC sections 176 (Omission to give notice or information to public servant by person legally bound to give it), 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), and 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder).”
The FIR and allegations of malpractice were met with hostility by the doctors of Uttar Pradesh’s Provincial Medical Services, who chose to go on strike to protest the termination of RML’s staff members.
Sources: Economic times, Hindustan Times
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Sixty-one children reported dead in the Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College from various causes including oxygen shortage. Most of these children were newborns.
This news comes days after the alleged disruption in oxygen supply which had resulted in deaths of 30 children with 48 hours at the same college in Gorakhpur.
According to a report of NDTV, 19 children have died at the BRD Medical College, in the last 24 hours. Four of these deaths were of encephalitis. The remaining deaths were of infants who died in the neonatal intensive care unit.
One of the biggest hospitals in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, gets patients from neighbouring Bihar, Different districts of Uttar Pradesh and even Nepal. The number of patients has increased and will increase further due to flood, as told to NDTV by Doctor at the encephalitis ward.
“We get patients from eastern Uttar Pradesh, Nepal and Bihar — states that are reeling under the effects of flood leading to a jump in the number of children coming to the hospital,” he said.
1,250 patients have died in encephalitis and new-borns’ ward this year till Monday, as per the hospital’s records. The patients have a complaint of not having a well-equipped hospital in their hometowns, due to which they have to travel this far to get treated.
The former principal, Dr Rajeev Mishra, and his wife Dr Purnima Shukla were arrested yesterday, by the UP Special Task force from Kanpur over the child deaths earlier this month.
More than 70 children lost their lives at the biggest hospital in Gorakhpur, which happens to be the home base of UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath. The reasons for this death are reported due to encephalitis and shortage of oxygen. The CM has formed a committee to investigate the deaths on August 13 and had also asked the journalist to visit the ICU wards to make the process more transparent.
Sources: NDTV, HT
Not many days have passed since the Gorakhpur tragedy, a same infamous incident repeated itself in Raipur. On August 21, Sunday between 12.30 am to 1.30 am at night, three children died in B R Ambedkar Government Hospital due to the low level of oxygen supply pressure. It is one of the biggest government hospitals and patients come there from different places within the state for treatment. Among the victims there was a five-day old baby, who had a whole in his heart, as told by the boy’s father, a resident of Balaghat to The Indian Express.
R Prasanna, Director of Health Services said that there was a problem in oxygen supply, but the CMO and Superintendent immediately took action and the issue was sorted. As reported by the Hindustan Times, he also claimed that the children died because of various illnesses. However, the hospital authorities have suspended the operator in-charge of oxygen supply after he was found in a blitzed condition, while on duty. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh expressed his condolences and had promised thorough investigation. After hearing the news Raipur North MLA Shrichand Sundarani visited the hospital. Both the Secretary of Health and the Director of Health Services are overseeing the situation.
Earlier this month a same incident of lack of oxygen supply killed over seventy children in Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. After the incident, the State Government led by Yogi Adityanath, had probed into the matter and promised strict punishment for the guilty.
Sources: Financial Express, Hindustan Times
In a shocking incident, more than 60 children have died at Gorakhpur’s state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College and hospital since August 7. Panic struck late on Friday night, as the hospital continuously ran out of oxygen supply; and 30 kids lost their lives in about 48 hours
Infection and disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward is being termed as the cause of the high casualty toll, however, the hospital and district administration has denied the claims of any oxygen shortage.
Nevertheless, as per ANI, a letter was retrieved from the hospital wherein they were informed about the shortage of oxygen cylinders by the Pushpa Sales, who stopped supply over pending payment.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry and guaranteed to take stringent action against those found responsible. He has sent health minister Sidharth Nath Singh to Gorakhpur to examine the situation. Moreover, the Adityanath government is facing flak from opposition parties for the negligence. BSP chief Mayawati said, “In the wake of such a tragic incident, no amount of criticism would be enough for the BJP government.” Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have also criticized the BJP government in this matter.
Incidentally, in the due course of years, several children have died at BRD Medical College due to medical negligence. As per a report in Hindustan Times, an official data states that 3,000 children have died at the government-run hospital in six years.
SOURCES: HT, NDTV
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The Congress is putting pressure on the Yogi government by stating it “responsible” for the death of 30 infants at a government-run hospital in Gorakhpur. Congress also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh after the tragedy.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who visited Baba Raghav Das Medical College along with his party colleagues after the unfortunate incidence took place, expressed deep anguish over the death of 30 children, allegedly due to a shortage of supply of liquid oxygen.
He said, “This incident took place due to the laxity on the part of the state government. We hold the state government responsible for it. The health minister and the health secretary must immediately tender resignation. The doctors should not be blamed for this.”
Beforehand, senior Congress leader Manish Tiwari said the chief minister and the health minister should resign taking “moral responsibility” for the deaths.
The state government in its defence has blamed Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome for the tragedy and completely denies a cut in liquid oxygen supply by a private the firm over delay in payment of Rs 68 lakh caused the deaths.Also, in order to contain the damage, union minister JP Nadda also approved a virology research
1. ECONOMIC TIMES-http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/infant-deaths-congress-says-cm-yogi-adityanath-health-minister-should-resign/articleshow/60032234.cms
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