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UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh addressing the press

UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh addressing the press

District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela said on Saturday that the deaths of the children in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh state, were due to natural causes.

At least 33 children have died over a 48-hour period at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College, due to lack of oxygen supply.

This incident has taken the total number of children's deaths in the district to 60 in the last five days.

Multiple local media reports said numerous children died after the company which was supplying liquid oxygen stopped the service, apparently over non-payment of dues.

Sharply contradicting the Uttar Pradesh government's claims that there was no shortage of oxygen at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College, the parents of a baby girl have said that oxygen level was low since 10 Augus. A probe committee has been formed under the leadership of the Chief Secretary to investigate the matter.

The city is the former Parliamentary constituency Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister is in constant touch with the central and state government and is monitoring the condition in Gorakhpur. The hospital has reportedly treated almost 370 cases in the past two months, of which 129 have resulted in deaths. Reason behind most of the death cases was due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). "We have chose to sack BRD Medical College principal for the negligence", announced UP's Medical Education Minister Ashok Tandon.

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Despite all the attention to the incident, the hospital was still ordering liquid oxygen cylinders as of Sunday morning. Children who were suffering from Encephalitis, a sudden inflammation of the brain were admitted to the hospital for treatment. Same goes for Health Minister.

Reacting to the incident, Congress President Sonia Gnadhi said " I am pained beyond words by the tragic deaths of 30 children in Gorakhpur.

When asked about the dues to the firm, he said, "Such dues are normal".

"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.

Mritunjaya Singh, whose seven-month-old son was at the hospital but was not among the dead, said: 'That's the time when the death of the children peaked'.

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