Gorakhpur Tragedy: 16 More Children Die In Last 24 Hours


Lucknow: Sixteen children, out of which ten were infants, died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in UP’s Gorakhpur, the reported. Earlier, Sixty one children, mostly newborns at the hospital in Gorakhpur where 70 infant deaths were reported three weeks ago, from various causes including oxygen shortage.

Ten out of the sixteen children were admitted in the NICU, while the other six were admitted in the ICU. According to reports, 20 patients including six from Deoria, two from Kushinagar, four each from Gorakhpur and Maharajganj, and one patient each from Basti and Balrampur — afflicted with encephalitis have been admitted to the hospital in the last 24 hours.

According to report, around a dozen patients of encephalitis were being treated at the BRD College.  After this incident, the count of dead in BRD Medical College has gone up to 310. Officials told IANS that around 1,470 patients, mostly with cases of encephalitis, have been admitted in BRD Medical College this year.

In August this year, BRD Medical College was in news when around 63 children died within a span of one week due to unavailability of oxygen. FIR against nine people including the owner of the oxygen supplying company was lodged.