New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh continues to see the death of children, in a shameful rerun of last month’s Gorakhpur tragedy that claimed 63 lives, 49 children died in a government run hospital in Farukkhabad, allegedly due to shortage of oxygen.
The deaths were reported between July 20 and August 20 at Ram Manohar Lohia State Hospital in Farrukhabad. The District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar has ordered a probe into the incident.
The Farrukhabad Police have registered an FIR against the Chief Medical officer and Chief Medical Superintendent for negligence.
Dayanand Mishra, SP Farrukhabad said, “A case has been registered against the CMO, CMS and some other doctors. Further action will be taken as the investigation proceeds.”
The district administration in their initial investigation has found that the children died due to lack of oxygen.
District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar said, “Stringent action will be taken against the culprits.”
This incident comes just days after the Gorakhpur tragedy rattled Uttar Pradesh government with allegations of medical negligence. It was alleged that the hospital was running short of oxygen and neither the authorities nor the government did anything to prevent the deaths.
The Gorakhpur hospital authorities, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had claimed that the deaths of children at the BRD Medical College were due to Japanese Encephalitis and other ailments.
However, according to reports, the oxygen supplier at BRD Hospital had repeatedly raised the issue of pending dues for a period of six months. They had even warned the hospital authorities of snapping the supply if the dues are not cleared, which they did on August 7, soon after which the ailing children started dying one after the other.
On Saturday, Dr. Kafeel Khan, initially seen as a saviour of many children in Gorakhpur, was arrested.
He was one of the seven individuals named in the case registered over the death of a total of 30 children within two days at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital between August 10 and 11.