Adityanath rules out oxygen lack as cause of children deaths

Adityanath rules out oxygen lack as cause of children deaths

Adityanath rules out oxygen lack as cause of children deaths

However, the state health minister has admitted that there was shortage of oxygen supply on August 10 between 1130 hrs to 1330 hrs to the children who were on artificial respiratory system.

Kafeel Khan, a hospital doctor, also said the cause of death was not lack of oxygen.

The Uttar Pradesh government said today that those found guilty in the "tragic and painful" incident would face "stringent action". "This happened due to state government's carelessness", Azad told media persons outside the hospital.

"No one can be more pained by such deaths", Adityanath said, recalling how he had been fighting encephalitis since 1995-1996 and had seen thousands of children die due to AES.

Referring to the probe ordered by the Uttar Pradesh government, the Congress leader wondered, "How can an accused probe allegations against himself?" State officials say they were able to bolster the oxygen supply after reaching out to area nursing homes.

"While all those responsible must be charged with criminal culpability accounting to murder, ...there is a moral dimension which the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and his health minister must take responsibility for and resign immediately", he said.

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The parents said the company that supplies oxygen to the hospital had earlier threatened to stop oxygen distribution unless the government paid their long overdue bills.

"As many as 60 children have died in a government hospital in Gorakhpur in the last sixseven days".

The main opposition party also demanded the resignations of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and the state health minister on moral grounds.

Visiting the government-run hospital, which falls in his parliamentary constituency Gorakhpur, which he has been representing for two decades, along with Union Health Minister J P Nadda, Adityanath said the government was waiting for a report of the probe committee.

Talking to media persons Mr Nadda announced that a regional medical research Centre will be established at Gorakhpur.

A shortfall in oxygen supplies is reported to have caused the death of at least 60 children, including 34 babies in neo-natal care, in a hospital and medical college in Uttar Pradesh this week. He said in August 2014, 567 deaths, in August 2015, 668 deaths and in August 2016, 587 deaths were reported due to the Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis.

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