After Gorakhpur tragedy, children in Farrukhabad's hospital become the target

After Gorakhpur tragedy, children in Farrukhabads hospital become the target

About 49 children have died over the period of one month in Ram Manohar Lohia District Hospital in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh due to lack of oxygen according to the city magistrate and sub-divisional magistrate of Farrukhabad.

While 30 children died in the sick newly-born care unit (SNCU) of the hospital alone, 19 others died at the time of delivery or soon after delivery at the hospital. (

Various news reports have said that the parents had reported a shortage of oxygen and medicine in the hospital. The report by the magistrates said that between July 20 and August 21, 30 of the 49 children had died due to "perinatal asphyxia." Parents had informed the magistrates about the lack of oxygen and medicines.

The SNCU in-charge, Dr Kailash Kumar, however, claimed various reasons ranging from children born prematurely to being underweight for the death of children. (

The office of chief minister Adityanath said on September 3 that a team from the government would investigate the factual and technical aspects of the incident to deduce the reasons behind the deaths of the children.

An FIR has been filed against the top officials of the government hospital. District magistrate Ravindra Kumar had ordered a magisterial inquiry after 19 of his notices to the hospital authorities went unheeded. (

The district magistrate has been reportedly transferred after the deaths of children. The Uttar Pradesh government has also transferred the chief medical officer and chief medical superintendent of the district hospital.

The Gorakhpur case

The case is extremely similar to the one where on 11 August, Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College had grabbed the headlines after more than 60 children, mostly infants, died at the hospital within the span of a week, reportedly due to encephalitis and lack of oxygen. Following the deaths, cases were registered under various sections of the IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Medical Council Act against nine individuals.

A probe by local administration had revealed that there was overwriting in the log book containing the details of purchase and re-filling of oxygen cylinders at the BRD Hospital. The report also held Pushpa Sales, the supplier, responsible for the break in oxygen supply. However, the supplier maintained that despite the college defaulting in the payment for supply, the company never made any interruptions in the supply.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had claimed that the children had died of encephalitis, but the health minister had denied this. (

According to new reports, Principal PK Singh has said that over 1,250 children have died in the hospital this year. He added that of about 290 children that died in August alone, 77 children died of encephalitis.

The number of casualties is the highest in August so far, but it is not unusual as mortality levels rise in the monsoon. (

Hundreds of infants die of various diseases each year in Uttar Pradesh, one of India's poorest states. Encephalitis, which can transmitted by mosquitoes and is particularly life threatening to very young children, is common in Gorakhpur. (

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