217 children die in August at troubled hospital
Death continues to haunt a government hospital in north India that came under fire earlier this month after dozens of babies died within two days.
Dr P K Singh, the head of the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur city, said that at least 217 children died there in August alone due to a variety of reasons including an annual encephalitis outbreak.
Dr Singh added that 42 children have died in the last 48 hours.
Seven of the deaths were from encephalitis while the others were attributed to other medical complications.
The hospital found itself in the middle of a media storm earlier this month when 33 children died there between 10 to 11 August around the same time as a disruption in the oxygen supply.