Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Death toll reaches 63, oxygen vendor raided

A total number of 60 deaths have occurred in the past 5 days at Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital

"It is a matter of concern for us, so we are waiting for our central team of technical experts that is arriving on Sunday to prepare a blueprint for future", said Mishra.

On his part, the chief minister said in a tweet, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought information about the Gorakhpur incident".

The Health Minister also presented a data mentioning about the deaths which had occurred in the month of August in 2014, 2015, and 2016. "Quick action will be taken against the ones responsible for this, as it is a very serious issue", Siddharth Nath said after meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here.

Rautela said that the hospital owed 6.8 million rupees ($106,000) to the company, but added that it had adequate numbers of oxygen cylinders.

"As many as 60 children have died in a government hospital in Gorakhpur in the last six-seven days". As per ANI Sources, Gorakhpur's District magistrate confirmed death toll of 7 childrens in last 24 hours and 30 childrens in last 48 hours, in state run Baba Raghav Das Medical College.

When it was pointed that the incident happened despite a visit to the hospital by Mr. Adityanath on Wednesday, Mr. Singh clarified that the hospital authorities did not inform Mr. Adityanath of the crisis in oxygen cylinder supply during his visit.

Both the parties have made a decision to send teams to Gorakhpur to make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. He said 17 children died in the neo-natal ward, 5 in AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and 8 in the general ward.

The Press Trust of India, though, ran a Union home ministry statement quoting the Gorakhpur police superintendent, who blamed the deaths of 21 children on a shortage of oxygen.

Further speaking about why they stopped the oxygen supply, the HR official further said that the hospital¿s Rs. 68.5 lakh payment is pending and the officials did not pay a heed to their letters and legal notice for the same.

Both the opposition parties in the state have chose to send teams to Gorakhpur. The health minister and the health secretary must immediately tender resignation. "Doctors are responsible for the incident", he said.

"The health minister should resign on moral grounds". "The government is not doing their job, they are busy hounding Samajwadi Party workers..." Even till now the Hospital is not taking any type of responsibility and everyone is blaming each other.

Singh is grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

"The BJP, under the leadership of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is working towards the betterment of the people of the state".

"The shortage of oxygen was not highlighted". He added that inquiry is going through and action will be taken as soon as the results are out.

"The Chief Minister has given us proper instruction on this issue".

"On the basis of the probe report, appropriate action will be taken", he maintained.

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