Saturday, 12 August 2017

Oxygen supply blamed as 60 children die at one hospital in India, officials say

A hospital in India has been accused of failing to provide enough oxygen after 60 children died on its wards in five days.

Baba Raghav Das Medical College said 34 babies died at the hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit, 12 died because of encephalitis, and the rest died of other unspecified causes.

Local media have claimed that some of the deaths were due to a shortage of oxygen which occurred after a supplier withdrew equipment as a result of unpaid bills.

Parents of at least 35 of the youngsters said that the oxygen supply to the children's ward ran out on Thursday night.

They said patients' families were given self-inflating bags to help the children breathe.

Mritunjaya Singh, whose seven-month-old son was at the hospital but was not among the dead, said: "That's the time when the death of the children peaked."

A relative cradles a sick child on a hospital bed at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College

Relatives mourn the death of a child at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

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