SP delegation to visit Gorakhpur, Akhilesh accuses Yogi Govt of hiding facts

A child at encephalitis ward. Image Courtesy ANI  Twitter

After 30 people, including 22 children, died allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College, the Uttar Pradesh government today continued to deny that the deaths occurred due to the paucity of oxygen supply.

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

Meanwhile, the families of the children have claimed that the doctors were not treating them well and the hospital was not even providing the medicines which were required for the treatment. He also said that more oxygen cylinders will be brought from the neighbouring district. "The hospital administration has enough supply of cylinders in its stock".

Rautela said a magisterial investigation had been ordered into the deaths.

Rejecting charges of shortage of oxygen at the hospital, Singh said the oxygen was available and supplied through other means. What followed was complete chaos as panic-stricken relatives of patients ran for help, and with the support of hospital staff tried to maintain supply of oxygen. using artificial manual breathing bags.

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

"We saw our baby struggling to breathe and we couldn't do anything", Gautam said as tears flowed down his weather-beaten cheek.




"We are now going back with his body", Gautam sobbed. The incident happened at Baba Raghav Das Medical College's Nehru Hospital in this eastern city of Uttar Pradesh.

The prime minister's office on Twitter said that Modi was "monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur" and was in touch with the state authorities.

A delegation of Congress leaders under the leadership of leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad visited the hospital and met the victims' families. Mr Mishra later said he had already given his resignation, owing moral responsibility for the tragedy.

The region is one the poorest in India and records hundreds of deaths of children due to diseases, including encephalitis, every year. In April, Adityanath government claimed that they have started working on setting up six AIIMS and 25 new medical colleges in UP.

"Encephalitis has a mortality rate as high as 30 per cent". Apparently, the hospital is supposed to provide free medication but neither the medication nor the facilities are appropriate.

Gorakhpur is located 300 kilometres (185 miles) southeast of the state capital, Lucknow.

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