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55 children die in August in Nashik district hospital, reason is again lack of oxygen cylinders

'We got sanction for 21-bed new maternal wing, but the problem is that we need to cut a tree and have not got permission till now,' the doctor added. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 08, 2017, 04.13 PM (IST)

In a repeat of the Gorakhpur and Farrukhabad tragedies, 55 infants died at the Nashik district hospital in Maharashtra in August.

News reports said the deaths were caused by a shortage of ventilators and oxygen cylinders. 

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"In the month of August we have had 55 deaths, main reason is that we have no ventilators," ANI reported Dr GM Hole of the hospital as saying.

He added, "We got sanction for 21-bed new maternal wing, but the problem is that we need to cut a tree and have not got permission till now."

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Fifty children had died at the Farrukhabad district hospital in Uttar Pradesh in August due to perinatal asphyxia or oxygen deprivation.

And news reports say as many as 1,285 children have died in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh this year. 

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