CM Adityanath calls for Emergency meeting on Gorakhpur death incident

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Most of the parents and relatives of children were queued outside ward nos 100, which is encephalitis ward at BRD medical college. While the opposition has started with the blame game, it is imperative that the administration sees it as what is- a callous and irresponsible act that has claimed innocent lives. He denied that an insufficient oxygen supply led to their deaths.

At least 30 children, some of them newborns, have died at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur in the past 48 hours, and 60 in the past five days.

"That's the time when the death of the children peaked", said Mritunjaya Singh, whose 7-month-old son was admitted to the hospital and was not among the dead.

"I had already written my resignation earlier, owning up to all the deaths that happened at the BRD Hospital", he told ANI here. "Chief Minister visited the BMD hospital on August 9, doctors there did not make him aware about oxygen shortage". "For the moment, these are the only information we have", said to AFP by telephone, a senior official of the local police, Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj.

Short of oxygen supply was due to non payment of dues to the company that supplied oxygen.

Indian media said 30 children died on Thursday and Friday after oxygen supply was disrupted in wards housing the sick, allegedly because the suppliers' bills were not paid. So many children have died because of them.

"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.

In a statement, the hospital said "the pressure of the liquid oxygen supply became low" and that reserve cylinders were arranged, but did not specify whether that had resulted in any deaths and why so many children had died in just two days. A tweet from the Prime Minister's office said Narendra Modi was constantly monitoring the situation. "The report will be out in 24 hours", he added.

Even as the government has assured a quick magisterial inquiry, Rajeev Rautela, the district magistrate of Gorakhpur, had already submitted a report on August 11 about the shortage of oxygen in the BRD Hospital.

The procurred data also shows the number of oxygen cylinders sent for refilling each day, showing a clear shortage of liquid oxygen in the hospital.

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