A Second Indian Hospital Is Being Investigated Over Child Deaths

Lester Mason
September 6, 2017

Senior officials from the Uttar Pradesh state administration insisted the deaths were not caused by oxygen shortage.

The Samajwadi Party termed the incident "barbaric" and state Congress chief Raj Babbar said that the Yogi government had turned Uttar Pradesh into a "sick" state with the health sector itself needing a strong treatment.

Doctors have gone on strike at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital after the FIR was registered. Another 19 infants, who did not survive childbirth, were not part of the government report, the news agency said.

Dr. Kailash has also issued a statement saying that the deaths are a result of asphyxia, which can happen to a child during birth which leads to the brain not receiving enough oxygen, and ultimately death.

Children in the Farrukhabad hospital on Monday where 49 children have died in the past one month. Thirty died in just two days.

However, State Health Minister completely denied lack of oxygen as the reason behind the several deaths.

However, after the death of 23 children in 24 hours, the hospital partially paid a partial amount of Rs 21 lakhs to the supplier.

Initial reports suggested that the hospital's oxygen supply had been cut by a private supplier over unpaid bills of more than 6m rupees ($93,500; £72,500). Also, as per the news, the remaining 19 people died at the time of delivery or after the delivery.

As many as 660 children have died in Ranchi's Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences this year, IANS reported.

According to reports, information was sought from the CMO and CMS regarding the number of deaths of children between 23 May and 14 August in the SNCU Ward, but they failed to provide the data.

The matter came to light after the Farrukhabad city magistrate wrote a letter on Sunday to the SHO of City Police station asking him to take action against the hospital and doctors of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

The District Magistrate has assured that all the appropriate steps will be done to bring the guilty to the task. Encephalitis, which can transmitted by mosquitoes and is particularly life threatening to very young children, is common in Gorakhpur.

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