Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on Saturday reiterated that deaths of children in Gorakhpur's BRD college hospital were not caused due to disruption in oxygen supply but medical reasons.
Three more children's lives were claimed today due to the disruption of oxygen supply, which led to a sudden onset inflammation in children's brains, a condition called encephalitis.
The company had warned the medical college that in case of non payment of long pending dues, oxygen supply to the hospital will be discontinued. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones. "Quick action will be taken against the ones responsible for this, as it is a very serious issue", Siddharth Nath said after meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here. However, denying the allegations, the ruling party has requested the opposition for not "politicising" the deaths.
The Press Trust of India, though, ran a Union home ministry statement quoting the Gorakhpur police superintendent, who blamed the deaths of 21 children on a shortage of oxygen.
The hospital is the largest in the entire Gorakhpur region, and hundreds of patients from nearby towns and villages flock to it for treatment.
Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, feels heartbroken for the innocent ones who became pray for negligence by the hospital authorities.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a tweet, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought information about the Gorakhpur incident".
Tandon said on August 1, the dealer (oxygen supplier) had written a letter to the principal of the medical college demanding the payment of an outstanding amount.
UP director general, medical education, K K Gupta told TOI, "Prima facie, the deaths did not take place due to problem in oxygen supply".
Tandon also assured of a high level probe into the multiple deaths, headed by the Principal Secretary.
Meanwhile, as per the data procured from the BRD hospital, a total of 60 deaths have occurred in the hospital in the past five days i.e. from August 7 to August 11. Of these, 129 children died, said Satish Chandra, a hospital spokesman.
Baba Raghav Das Medical College said 34 babies died at the hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit, 12 died because of encephalitis, and the rest died of other unspecified causes.
Gorakhpur district magistrate Rajeev Rautela had on Friday said that at least 30 children had died in the Medical College within 48 hours.