UP govt denies oxygen shortage as cause for deaths at Gorakhpur’s BRD medical college

30 children died since Thursday in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College due to shortage of oxygen supply.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2017 09:46 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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A relative carrying the body of a child who died at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur.(HT Photo)

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday denied that the deaths at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur took place due to shortage of oxygen cylinders.

According to media reports, as many as 30 children allegedly died due to lack of oxygen, as a private firm stopped its supply owing to non-clearance of dues to the tune of ~68 lakh.

A state government spokesperson, however, said the death of seven patients at the medical college on August 11 took place due to various medical reasons or illness. He said alternate arrangements for oxygen supply were made and there were over 150 gas cylinders with the college.

Health minister Siddharthnath Singh said the incident doesn’t seem to be a case of shortage of oxygen supply.

“What the media has reported does not look the same to us. Final picture will be clear after a report on the incident is submitted,” he said.

Singh said the district magistrate has contradicted the reports about the deaths due to shortage of oxygen.

Meanwhile, director general, medical education, Dr KK Gupta rushed to Gorakhpur to inquire about the incident.

He denied reports that oxygen supply was stopped.

“The gas supply was not stopped as the BRD Medical College has a gas plant as well,” Gupta said.

Gupta claimed that seven deaths had been reported from the medical college and majority of them were due to illness.

“Shortage of gas does not seem to be the cause of the deaths,” he added.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 22:30 IST