64 children die over six days at India hospital without oxygen
Lucknow, India - At least 64 children have died over six days at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages, officials said on Saturday.
Authorities have launched an inquiry into the causes of the oxygen disruption but denied reports that it had caused the deaths at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh state.
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.
State health minister Siddharth Nath Singh denied that any of the deaths were linked to the oxygen shortage.
The office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that Modi was ‘monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur’ and was in touch with state authorities. Modi’s conservative nationalist party controls the state.