217 chil­dren die in Au­gust at trou­bled hospi­tal

The Scotsman - - World News - By BISWA­JEET BAN­ER­JEE

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.

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