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Opposition Demand CM Yogi's Resignation After 63 Kids Die At UP Hospital

Opposition Demand CM Yogi's Resignation After 63 Kids Die At UP Hospital

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered and a committee has been formed to look into the Gorakhpur tragedy, more than 60 children in Baba Raghav Das Medical College's hospital in a span of six days. In April, Adityanath government claimed that they have started working on setting up six AIIMS and 25 new medical colleges in UP.

"Total 30 deaths in last 48 hours".

The shortage of oxygen allegedly led to encephalitis, which is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain, following which the children died.

Sixty children have died at a hospital in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh this week, prompting local media to blame the fatalities on a lack of oxygen supplies.

"We will be getting more liquid oxygen cylinders tonight or tomorrow, and have also cleared the dues of the supplier", Mr Kumar said.

At least 30 children died at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur due to alleged discontinuation of oxygen supply by a private contractor due to non payment of dues. Ten more deaths were reported on Friday evening.

State health minister Siddharthnath Singh, too, dismissed reports. BRD medical hospital is under chief minister Yogi Adityanath's.

The hospital, which has become a major centre for children with encephalitis, has treated almost 370 cases in the last two months.

The opposition Congress Party's Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter: "Deeply pained".

The spokesman claimed that only seven deaths had taken place due to medical reasons.

Adityanath also emphasised on the fact that Japanese encephalitis remains a challenge for his government and assured that a solution has been found to address the menace.

Meanwhile, Masood Ahmed, the state unit president of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, said it was a "matter of grave concern" that the district administration and the hospital were "trying to hide their shortcomings" and demanded the resignation of state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh.

BRD Medical Chief Medical Superintendent Dr R.S. Shukla denied the deaths had been caused by a lack of oxygen supplies when asked by Reuters.

Opposition Congress Party state chief Raj Babbar said that the horrific incident shows the "insensitivity of the state government". "Doctors are responsible for the incident", he said. "Yes, 60 patients have died at the hospital in the last five days but we don't think it's linked to reports of oxygen shortage", said Anil Kumar, Gorakhpur's divisional commissioner.

"When we came to know about the shortage of oxygen and the deaths following it, we supplied around 200-300 cylinders to the hospital out of humanity", Praveen Modi told ANI.