Ou­trage mounts over dozens of in­fant deaths at In­dian hos­pi­tal

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Gorakhpur, In­dia - A key ally of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi was fac­ing calls for his res­ig­na­tion af­ter dozens of chil­dren died at a gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal in north­ern In­dia that suf­fered oxy­gen short­ages.

Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Min­is­ter of Ut­tar Pradesh state where the deaths oc­curred, vis­ited the hos­pi­tal on Sun­day as an­gry rel­a­tives rushed to the scene de­mand­ing an­swers.

At least 64 chil­dren died over six days at the hos­pi­tal in Gorakhpur, with In­dian me­dia re­port­ing that 30 deaths on Thurs­day and Fri­day were from a lack of oxy­gen in the chil­dren’s wards.

Sup­pli­ers’ bills had al­legedly not been paid, lead­ing to a short­age that saw pan­icked fam­i­lies us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial man­ual breath­ing bags to help their stricken loved ones.

Lo­cal of­fi­cials have con­ceded there was a dis­rup­tion to the oxy­gen sup­ply at the hos­pi­tal, but in­sist the deaths were caused by en­cephali­tis and other ill­nesses, not a lack of avail­able oxy­gen.

Adityanath, a fire­brand leader from Modi’s na­tion­al­ist party, vowed to leave no stone un­turned as he toured the hos­pi­tal in his sig­na­ture saf­fron robes.

“If the in­ves­ti­ga­tion finds any au­thor­ity guilty of neg­li­gence, he will not be spared at any cost,” Adityanath said.


Po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists protest af­ter the death of at least 64 chil­dren at a gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal in In­dia

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