64 chil­dren die over six days at In­dia hos­pi­tal with­out oxy­gen

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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.

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