Raipur, Aug 21 (PTI) The Congress today demanded removal of Chhattisgarh Health Minister Ajay Chandrakar over deaths of three newborn babies at a government hospital here reportedly due to disruption in oxygen supply in the neonatal care unit. Also Read - Chhattisgarh: 4 killed in Hospital Fire in Raipur, CM Baghel Offers Condolences

“The death of infants due to alleged disruption in supply of the oxygen is a criminal offence and unacceptable. Strict action should be taken against those guilty for the incident,” party’s state unit chief Bhupesh Baghel told reporters. Also Read - Chhattisgarh To Impose 11-Day Lockdown In Bijapur District, Essential Services Exempted

Baghel along with other party leaders visited Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial Hospital today where three newborns died yesterday. Also Read - Chhattisgarh: Lockdown In Durg District Extended Till April 19 Amid Rising COVID Cases

While relatives of the newborns claimed that disruption in oxygen supply led to the incident, state health officials denied the charge.

“The health minister should step down from his post and if he does not, Chief Minister Raman Singh should immediately sack him,” Baghel urged.

The incident has “shaken the faith” of the parents who had brought their kids to the government hospital for treatment, he said, adding the Chhattisgarh government should have learnt the lesson from the unfortunate tragedy in Gorakhpur and have reviewed the oxygen supply facility in all state-run hospitals.

“It seems the state government was waiting for this unfortunate incident,” he alleged.

Baghel said despite spending crores of funds on health sector, the ruling BJP has allegedly failed to ensure proper facilities and arrangement in one of the biggest hospitals of the state.

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