NEW DELHI, Sept. 4 — At least 49 children have died at a
government hospital in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in the past
one month, officials said Monday.
All the deaths took place at Ram Manohar Lohia Rajkiya Chikitsalay
(hospital) in the state’s Farukkhabad district, allegedly due to shortage
of oxygen and medicine. While 30 children died in the sick newly born
care unit of the hospital alone, 19 others died at the time of delivery or
soon after delivery at the hospital, a senior official said. “A
magisterial probe has now been ordered into the deaths. Hospital
authorities have been booked for negligence,” he said. Deaths of children
are becoming increasingly common at government hospitals in Uttar Pradesh.
Last week, as many as 42 children died at Baba Raghav Das Medical College
in 48 hours in the state’s Gorakhpur district.More than 70 infant deaths
were reported from the same hospital earlier last month, from various
causes, including oxygen shortage. – XINHUA