Lucknow, Nov 5: Thirty infants died in Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur in past 48 hours (from Wednesday midnight to Friday midnight). The infants were admitted in Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Paediatrics intensive care unit of the hospital. Each unit witnessed 15 deaths in two days.
The hospital was in the news after 63 children died within a week after the supply of liquid oxygen was affected in the BRD college in August. The principal of the medical college was sacked and the state government ordered a probe into the matter. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who received severe criticism from all quarters for the incident, said the region has been battling encephalitis from the 1970s.
Following the tragedy, Adityanath also removed Additional Chief Secretary (Medical Health) Anita Bhatnagar Jain after a high-powered committee found the senior woman IAS officer guilty of delay in non-payment to the oxygen vendor, who allegedly disrupted supplies, causing problems at the ICU and the pediatrics ward at the hospital.
A total of 9 people including the principal of the college have been named in the FIR filed in connection with the case.