PUBLIC OUT­RAGED AF­TER SPATE OF CHIL­DREN’S DEATHS AT HOSPI­TAL

Montreal Gazette - - WORLD -

Death con­tin­ues to haunt a gov­ern­ment hospi­tal in north In­dia that came un­der fire ear­lier this month af­ter dozens of ba­bies died within two days.

Dr. P.K. Singh, the head of the BRD Med­i­cal Col­lege in Go­rakh­pur city, said Wed­nes­day that at least 217 chil­dren died there in Au­gust due to a va­ri­ety of rea­sons in­clud­ing an an­nual en­cephali­tis out­break. Singh added that 42 chil­dren have died in the last 48 hours. Seven of the deaths were from en­cephali­tis while the oth­ers were at­trib­uted to other med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions.

The hospi­tal found it­self in the mid­dle of a me­dia storm ear­lier this month when 33 chil­dren died there around the same time as a dis­rup­tion in the oxy­gen sup­ply. A team of ex­perts from New Delhi later said that the in­ter­rup­tion was not re­spon­si­ble for the deaths.

“In­crease in fa­tal­ity is be­cause of sea­sonal in­fec­tion,” said Singh. “There is no short­age of oxy­gen or medicine in the hospi­tal.”

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