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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)

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