Lucknow, September 4: At least 49 children died in a month allegedly due to lack of liquid oxygen supply in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Farrukhabad district of Uttar Pradesh. The district magistrate, in his report, found that the deaths were due to lack of oxygen supply and negligence on the part of doctors. Earlier, 415 children had died in Baba Raghav Das hospital in Gorakhpur. Also Read - Oops! Wife Catches Husband Having Dosa With Girlfriend in Car, Takes Them to The Police Station
An FIR was filed against Chief Medical Officer and doctors of the hospital. District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar had ordered an inquiry into the deaths that were reported between July 21 and August 20. The action came in the wake of 19 notices not being answered by the hospital authorities regarding the same. Also Read - Big Benefit For 6 Lakh Home Buyers in UP, PM Announces Rs 2691 Crore Under PMAY-G | Details Here
The hospital authority, on its part, has denied any lack of supply of liquid oxygen. Defending the fatalities, authority said the sick infants were under weight. A total 30 children died in the sick newly born care unit (SNCU) of the hospital alone. Other 19 infants died at the time of delivery or soon after birth at the hospital. Also Read - UP Govt Lifts Ban On Entry of Poultry Products, Says Chicken, Eggs Not Dangerous if Cooked at 70°C
Chief medical superintendent of women hospital Dr Akhilesh Agarwal had said 24 of the 30 children who died were born in private hospitals or elsewhere. He added their condition was already grim when they were admitted here, Hindustan Times reported.
Earlier, 415 children had died in Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur due to encephalitis, pneumonia and other ailments. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said encephalitis remains a major concern in the region since the 1970s’.