District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela has been quoted saying seven deaths were reported since Thursday night to Friday noon.
That this has happened in the UP chief minister's constituency within days of his visiting the hospital is even more alarming.
"The medical college officials told us that there was alternative oxygen supply, therefore the charge of lack of oxygen supply can be ruled out", he added. Adityanath had been in Gorakhpur just two days back and held a review meeting of healthcare, among other things.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that as many as 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in a span of 48 hours at the hospital.
It is being said that oxygen supply was disrupted by the provider because of non-payment of dues worth Rs. 69 lakhs despite several reminders.
Most of the deaths were of children admitted to the neonatal and encephalitis wards.
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According to a report in The Indian Express, 16 new cases of AES and three deaths were reported from BRD Medical College on August 7.
In the 100-bed Encephalitis Ward, 54 patients out of 74 are on ventilators. This prompted the government to say on Twitter that "No patient has died at the BRD medical college due to shortage of oxygen supplies". She said that her heart goes out to the families of the innocent children who fell prey to "gross negligence and incorrigible misconduct on the part of the authorities", as per IANS. "So, the report about death of children because of lack of oxygen is false", he told The Pioneer.
The tragedy triggered outrage and the Opposition - the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress - sought the resignation of state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh and compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the families of each deceased kid. Rautela said he had requested the suppliers not to disrupt supply, but they didn't listen. Today the dues rose to Rs 69 lakhs and company was forced to stop supply of oxygen.
The Uttar Pradesh government has, however, denied that the deaths were caused by shortage of oxygen.
Encephalitis claims the lives of hundreds of children every year in India.
Chief minister Adityanath had launched a campaign to eradicate encephalitis and he is pushing to improve the state's healthcare sector.