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Sonia, Rahul express pain at UP child deaths

Sonia, Rahul express pain at UP child deaths

The disturbance in the oxygen supply in an entire night which was connected to children caused the death of innocuous children.

Meanwhile, the owner of a firm which supplied oxygen to the hospital said his contract had ended in March and was not renewed, as per agency reports. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.

The government has, however, denied that there was any shortage of oxygen supply. "It was the careless behaviour of Principal towards his duty", Chief Minister Adityanath said, while addressing the media.

On Saturday, Opposition that included parties like Congress, BSP, SP, lashed out at BJP government in UP for the carelessness.

On his visit to the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, where 60 children died allegedly due to the shortage of oxygen.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister JP Nadda are set to visit ground zero on Sunday and take stock of the situation.

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UP director general, medical education, K K Gupta told TOI, "Prima facie, the deaths did not take place due to problem in oxygen supply". "The Hindu nationalist politician informed everyone that from 1996 he is fighting against encephalitis, adding", Will no more allow children to die as have seen a lot of children become a victim of encephalitis".

The Chief Minister also said, "We have constituted a committee to be lead by chief secretary to enquire the role of oxygen supplier in the incident". "Those found guilty will not be spared".

Further, Azad urged the state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh to submit his resignation immediately.

What did the state government say?

Hospital officials deny lack of oxygen caused the deaths, saying alternative supplies were found, and blamed numerous deaths instead on encephalitis and unspecified issues related to delivery of the infants.

The procurred data also shows the number of oxygen cylinders sent for refilling each day, showing a clear shortage of liquid oxygen in the hospital. "There were children who were admitted in natal ICUs and there were deaths due to AES [Acute Encephalitis Syndrome] and some were non encephalitis-related deaths", the state's Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh told the India Today news channel.