India: 60 children die in a hospital, the lack of oxygen cause

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    Saturday, 12 August, 2017 06:49

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    At least 60 children have died in five days in a public hospital in the north of India, reported on Saturday, local officials, the media involving the shortage of oxygen tanks in the establishment.

    “We have opened an investigation and a preliminary report should be released today. Yes, 60 patients died in the hospital these last five days, but we do not think that this is related to reports of a shortage of oxygen”, said to AFP Anil Kumar, a senior police officer of Gorakhpur.

    According to media indian, dozens of children died on Thursday and Friday due to an interruption in the supply of oxygen, after the company supplying the tanks had put an end to his services, apparently due to non-payment of invoices amounting to several million rupees.

    An investigation has been opened on the dysfunctions of the hospital, Baba Raghav Das, in the district of Gorakhpur, in Uttar Pradesh, the State’s most populated country, ruled by the right-wing party Bharatiya Janata Party of prime minister Narendra Modi. The office of Mr. Modi said on Twitter that it “was following the situation in Gorakhpur” and was in contact with the local authorities.

    According to a press release issued by the office of the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, who ordered the investigation, the 60 deaths that occurred over a period of five days from Monday.

    According to this press release, 23 children died Thursday when ” the pressure of the oxygen supply has become low.”

    “A massacre”

    The minister of Health of Uttar Pradesh, Sidharth Nath Singh, has suspended the hospital director pending the outcome of the investigation. “There were multiple causes in the disruption of the oxygen supply, but our survey shows that there has been no deaths because of it “, he however said to journalists after a visit to the hospital.

    The newspaper the Hindustan Times has described in its edition of Saturday scenes of chaos in the health facility when the oxygen supply has been disrupted.

    “Even when 90 large bottles were put into service on Friday, the hospital found itself short of oxygen to an hour,” the newspaper reported. “This resulted in a complete chaos, with relatives of patients who were running to get help and the hospital staff who tried to maintain the oxygen supply with bags manuals of breathing”.

    The Nobel Peace prize indian children’s rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi has denounced on Twitter as “a massacre”. “This is not a tragedy. It is a massacre. Is this what is meant by 70 years of freedom for our children?” he tweeted.

    Public hospitals indians are often overwhelmed and at the breaking point : the patient must make in the face of long waiting lists, even for simple interventions, and are forced to share beds.

    Because of this, those who can avoid the public hospitals and are moving towards clinical private, even if a private consultation costs will average 1000 rupees (about 20 dollars), a huge sum of money for the millions of Indians who live on less than two euros per day.

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