BRD Medical College and HospitalIn Gorakhpur, over a month 60 children died and a similar shocker has come from Farrukhabad.
At the Ram Manohar Lohia Rajkiya Chikitsalaya in Farrukhabad district. 49 children have died in the last 30 days Laxity and lack of medicines, including shortage of oxygen supply, have been ascribed as causes behind children’s deaths. The deaths were reported from July 20 to August 21.
Ram Prasad, sitting by his two-year-old daughter’s bedside, told AFP, ‘I am a poor man who doesn’t understand what happens here, but it was clear that day the oxygen wasn’t going up. The doctors and other staff here were very worried.’
‘We spent the night pressing that machine so that nothing happened to our daughter.They rushed to my kid too and gave us a manual pumping machine. It was the longest one-and-a-half to two hours of our lives.’
The hospital in total chaos, people over there described it with helpless parents carrying the lifeless bodies of their children, crying out for help.
A report following a preliminary investigation into the matter by the district administration has been submitted and an FIR has been lodged against the chief medical officer (CMO), chief medical superintendent (CMS) and the doctors at the hospital.
30 others lost their lives while undergoing treatment in the newborn care unit. And at the time of delivery around 19 babies are believed to have died, SDM and tehsildar to probe the matter which revealed what led to the death of these infants as the district administration had appointed a committee consisting of city magistrate.
A case has been filed against the CMO and doctors and the chief medical superintendent as per the current reports at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital under Sections 176, 188 and 304 of the IPC.
In this case till now no action has taken place as it remains to be seen how quickly the arrests will be.
This year it has been claimed that more than 60 children have died due to lack of oxygen at a hospital in India because suppliers’ bills have not been paid. The company that supplies oxygen to the hospital claims that thay had earlier threatened to stop distribution unless the government paid its long-overdue bill of 6.8million rupees (£80,000).
Nearly $100,000 in overdue bills, some dating back to November and the head of the hospital was stood down pending an inquiry into the oxygen shortage, which allegedly stemmed.
Senior state health official Anita Bhatnagar Jain told the Press Trust of India on Sunday that ‘If there is any pending payment which is yet to be made to any gas supplier, then it should be done immediately, no shortage of oxygen should be there… and adequate stock of oxygen must be maintained.’
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party Adityanath, who won Uttar Pradesh in a landslide in March, ordered a review of oxygen supplies in the state’s hospitals and medical colleges.