Children Have Died Of Encephalitis In The Last 48 Hours In Gorakhpur

30 children were reported dead in a span of 48 hours

30 children were reported dead in a span of 48 hours at Gorakhpur's BRD hospital

In April, Adityanath government claimed that they have started working on setting up six AIIMS and 25 new medical colleges in UP. "The district magistrate is camping there to look into the matter".

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh has assured quick action against those involved in the alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen in the hospital.

"30 kids died in hospital without oxygen".

After the news of the incident broke out Gupta, who was the first to reaches at the Gorakhpur hospital, he said seven deaths were reported and most of these because of illness.

While 30 died in two days (August 10 and 11), allegedly due to lack of oxygen following non-supply of cylinders by the contractor for non-payment of dues, 12 died due to AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) and the remaining due to other causes, the hospital said.

A statement issued by the state Information Department late evening categorically denied reports shown by "some TV channels as misleading".

Gorakhpur's district magistrate Rajeev Rautela said that no deaths have taken place in the medical college due to lack of oxygen supply.

Siddharth Nath Singh, the health minister of UP, said: "The death of children is very unfortunate and the government will set up an inquiry committee to ascertain if any lapse has occurred".

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Gorakhpur: Almost 36 hours after the Gorakhpur tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broken his silence over the Gorakhpur tragedy in which more than 30 children died at a government-run hospital.

Dubbing the Gorakhpur Hospital deaths as "extremely painful", Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati on Saturday strongly condemned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 64 tragic deaths.

The Chief Minister said that he himself had visited the BRD medical college on July 9 and August 9 to himself look at the situation but was not informed of any shortage, including of oxygen.

A high-level magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident. Strick action is now taken in every hospital.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad expressing his concern over the incident said, "It's a heart-wrenching incident".

Then UP CM Akhilesh has also blamed the present state government of being non-serious towards such issues, and said what has happened is a serious matter.

The company had sent repeated reminders about the oxygen supply to the government hospital authorities and the medical college - considered one among the state's biggest.

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