More Tragedy At Gorakhpur Hospital: 42 Children Die In 48 Hours

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| August 30 , 2017 , 13:22 IST

Barely weeks after tragedy hit the Baba Raghav Das (RBD) Medical College in Gorakhpur with more than 70 children dying in the span of one week, tragedy has once again hit the BRD medical college as 42 more children have died in 48 hours.

“42 children died in 48 hours of which 7 due to encephalitis, rest due to other reasons,” said PK Singh, the new principal of BRD Medical College.

From the 36 deaths reported on August 27 and 28, 7 children died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), 15 babies died in the Neo-Natal Ward NICU and 14 others died of various medical reasons, a senior doctor at the hospital conveyed to media anonymously.

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Since January 2017, nearly 1,250 children have died at the hospital, including 175 due to AES, which 290 children dying at the hospital between August 1 and August 28 out of which 77 died from AES.

Following the previous tragedy at the BRD medical college, which triggered widespread outrage as allegations were made that a shortage of oxygen supply resulted in the death of the children, the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government had suspended BRD principal Dr. Rajiv Mishra. Dr. Kafeel Khan had also been removed from his position as head of the encephalitis ward when it was revealed that he had been focusing on his private practice apart from his role at BRD hospital

However, according to sources, while several people have been sacked, no arrangements have been made for the replacements.

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Gorakhpur, the constituency of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and the surrounding areas have been badly affected by outbreaks of the encephalitis infection for more than a decade.

A doctor speaking to media anonymously said that the death toll is comparatively less this year.

“The toll, if compared from the previous year, is less. Media is unnecessary making a hue and cry,” said the doctor.

Blaming locals for not recognising early signs of encephalitis, the doctor said, “How will we treat these infants when they reach hospital at the last stage.”