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As many as 296 children died this month at the Baba Raghav Das (B.R.D.) Medical College Hospital here, its Principal P.K. Singh said on Wednesday.
Of them, 213 died in the neo-natal ICU and 83 in the encephalitis ward, Dr. Singh said. There were 1,256 deaths since January this year at the State-run hospital, especially in the encephalitis, infant and children wards, he said.
Additional Director, (Health), Gorakhpur, Pushkar Anand said “17 children with encephalitis were admitted to the medical college in the past 24 hours and two died during treatment.”
Earlier, giving a break-up of the causalities at the hospital, Dr. Singh said 37 children died on August 27 and 28, of whom 26 died in the neo-natal ICU (NICU) and 11 in the encephalitis wards. The toll was 152 in January, 122 in February, 159 in March, 123 in April, 139 in May, 137 in June and 128 in July.
The Principal said children with various complications and ailments arising out of premature delivery, underweight, jaundice, pneumonia, infectious diseases and encephalitis were admitted to the hospital, mostly in very serious condition. A lot many lives could have been saved had the patients been brought here earlier, he said.
42 deaths in 48 hours
Forty-two children died in the last 48 hours at the hospital, of which seven deaths were due to encephalitis, Dr. Singh said.
“The rest were due to other paediatric diseases,” he said. “Sixteen deaths occurred in the NICU and 26 in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).”
“Of the many children coming to us in an extremely critical condition, some survive for barely half an hour to an hour,” Dr. Singh said. The total number of in-ward patients at the hospital varied from 342 to 350 a day.
Earlier, in August, over 70 children had died in the hospital due to lack of oxygen supply. On August 23, an FIR was registered against nine persons, including the suspended Principal Rajiv Mishra and two officials from the oxygen supplying agency, Pushpa Sales Private Limited.
(With inputs from ANI)