Just days after the child deaths of over 63 including newborn babies at a hospital in Gorakhpur last month, Now 49 babies died at a government hospital due to lack of sufficient oxygen supply over the span of a month in Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh.

The state government, however, emphatically denied it today.
“Oxygen is not an issue in the entire episode. I think, of late, we are generating undue sensitivity to oxygen. It has become more of a buzzword,” said Prashant Trivedi, UP’s Principal Secretary, Health.

“Oxygen is not an issue in the entire episode. I think, of late, we are generating undue sensitivity to oxygen. It has become more of a buzzword,” said Prashant Trivedi, UP’s Principal Secretary, Health.

“No death took place due to lack of oxygen. The matter should not be blown out of proportion,” insisted another official, Awanish Awasthi.

The Chief Medical Officer of Farukkhabad, Chief Medical Superintendent of the Ram Manohar Lohia district hospital, and other doctors were booked under Sections 304 (causing death by negligence), 176 and 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The case was registered at the Kotwali police station in Farukkhabad on the complaint of Jainendra Kumar Jain, city magistrate, Farukkhabad.

The case was registered at the Kotwali police station in Farukkhabad on the complaint of Jainendra Kumar Jain, city magistrate, Farukkhabad.

Mr Kumar, who reportedly listed oxygen shortage as a cause, was transferred today. According to the state government, he had conducted his investigation on the phone. “This is not the right way to conduct a magisterial probe,” said Mr Trivedi.

Mr Kumar’s report said “30 children died mostly due to perinatal asphyxia (a condition in which a newborn can’t breathe normally). During the probe, parents informed that there was delay in providing oxygen and medicine…The children died due to lack of adequate supply of oxygen.”

Also Read: Over 63 Children Including Newborns Die At UP Hospital In Last 5 Days

The state government has now asked another top health official to carry out a fresh investigation.

Around 400 km away in Gorakhpur, child deaths brought the spotlight on the town’s biggest government hospital. Over 30 children, mostly newborns, died within two days last month of various causes including oxygen shortage.

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