Gorakhpur: Most children’s deaths not due to encephalitis, hospital records show
Most of the deaths of children at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College Hospital over the past five days are not due to encephalitis, the hospital’s own medical records reveal.
More than 70 children died in just five days in the hospital in the Uttar Pradesh city and questions are being asked about the cause of death.
The state government believes encephalitis—a long-time scourge in this part of the state—is the reason for the mounting death toll, and has dismissed reports attributing some of the deaths to the temporary, but fatal, termination of liquid oxygen supplies at the hospital.
If the data available with the hospital is to be believed—Mint has a copy of the details —of the first 30 deaths that occurred on August 10 and 11, only five were due to acute encephalitis syndrome or AES; one was due to hepatic encephalopathy, which is related to AES. The other deaths were of terminally ill newborns.
Some of them suffered from diseases such as pneumonia, sepsis, and swine flu while others were preterm babies in a critical condition. Among the 13 children who died on August 12 only one was due to AES.
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