Outrage after 64 children die at undersupplied hospital

2017-08-14 12:28
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A total of 64 children have died following a lack of oxygen at an Indian state hospital.

Distraught parents have expressed their anger after oxygen to the wards of the Baba Raghav Das Hospital was cut and claimed the lives of their children.

The suppliers were allegedly not paid but local authorities have denied that the deaths were linked to the lack of oxygen at the hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh state.

“Sixty patients have died at the hospital in the last five days,” Anil Kumar, Gorakhpur’s divisional commissioner initially told AFP. “But we don’t think it’s linked to reports of oxygen shortage.”

Meanwhile, a father has spoken out about his anguish over losing his five-year-old daughter after she became short of breath.

“Not everything that happened there is being reported,” Mohammad Zahid said.

The 34-year-old father tired himself by working a manual pump to provide Khushi with oxygen.

“It was exhausting. Our hands were in agony, but we could not stop. We had not eaten before going to the hospital and we were tired with all the stress and standing there.”

Sadly, the little girl died late on Friday.

“I did not move from my daughter’s bedside from the time she was admitted until the doctors gave me the bad news.”

According to the Hindustan Times newspaper, the hospital erupted in a scene of chaos when the oxygen supply was cut.

“All hell broke loose,” the paper reported on Saturday.

“What followed was complete chaos as panic-stricken relatives of patients ran for help. And with the support of hospital staff, tried to maintain supply of oxygen… using artificial manual breathing bags (AMBB).

“However several patients started collapsing due to inadequate supply.”

The office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose party controls the state, said on Twitter that the minister was ‘monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur’ and kept in contact with authorities. 

Sources: Metro, South China Morning Post

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