36 children die in 48 hours at Gorakhpur hospital, 290 deaths in August: Report

WION Web Team
Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India Published: Aug 29, 2017, 05:25 PM(IST)

The BRD Medical College is already under scanner for deaths of over 70 infants at the Gorakhpur hospital in a week in July. Photograph:( ANI )

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A report in DNA said that of the 36 deaths reported, seven children died of encephalitis, 15 lost their life?in the Neo-Natal Ward (NICU) and 14 children died of different medical reasons

Thirty-six children reportedly died on August 27 and 28 in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College, barely a fortnight after over 70 infants died in a week in the same hospital.

A report in DNA said that of the 36 deaths reported, seven children died of encephalitis, 15 lost their life in the Neo-Natal Ward (NICU) and 14 children died of various medical ailments.

The report cited a senior doctor at the hospital who sought anonymity.

A total of 290 children have died at the BRD Medical College between August 1 and August 28, the DNA report added.

About 1,250 children have so far died since January this year, which includes 175 deaths from encephalitis, hospital sources told DNA. 

The infant deaths in July allegedly took place because of a lack of liquid oxygen in the hospital, invoking widespread criticism of the chief minister Yogi Adityanath government.

Earlier Tuesday, the suspended principal of the medical college, Rajiv Mishra, and his wife Purnima were arrested from Kanpur in connection with the deaths in July. They were taken to Gorakhpur by the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh police.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered for a strict action against the hospital staff and Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd, the firm that had allegedly cut off oxygen supply over non-payment of dues

A police complaint was earlier lodged against the suspended principal, six other hospital personnel, and two officials of the oxygen-supplying agency Pushpa Sales Private Limited, Manish Bhandari and Uday Pratap Sharma, for criminal negligence.

Pushpa Sales is accused of breaching its responsibility for supplying oxygen despite being made aware of depleting stocks by the medical college staff, which invokes the section of criminal negligence.

The FIR (First Information Report) also states that the government hospital had received a total fund of Rs 454 lakh for the financial year 2017-18, of which Rs. 63.65 lakh was supposed to be given to Pushpa Sales in April.

Therefore, the BRD hospital personnel have been charged for "deliberately not submitting the payment despite repeated written request by the supplier to the principal" in want of bribe.

The FIR also accused the principal Misra of staying absent from office on August 10 when media reported the deaths, thus indicating a "criminal conspiracy" on his part.

It also accused Misra and his wife of corruption, supported by statements given by the hospital staff that she had obtained illegal amounts of money and had a significant role in her husband's corrupt activities.

Others have been accused of neglecting their duties in anticipation of bribe, that resulted in deaths.

Dr KK Gupta, Director General, Medical Education registered the FIR under the orders of Uttar Pradesh government at the Hazratganj Police Station, Lucknow on August 23.


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