Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela told local TV channels confirming the “death of 30 kids in the last two days” and seven deaths in the last 24 hours.
He said that 17 children had died in the neo-natal ward, five in the ward meant
Denying that the children had died due to lack of oxygen, he confirmed that there was
However, he said the principal had told him that for emergency use, alternative arrangements have been made.
He further said that part payment of Rs 35 lakh has been made to the vendor and that he had been requested not to disrupt the oxygen supply.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday denied media reports that more than 30 children had died at the hospital due to lack of oxygen.
A statement issued by the state Information Department late evening categorically denied reports shown by “some TV channels as misleading”.
Meanwhile, state Health Minister Siddarth Nath Singh told TV channels that “a lot of people come suffering from high fever and if they don’t get treatment, it may result in death”.
To a query if an inquiry will be ordered, he said: “Absolutely, we will do into the depth of these deaths.. we are going to check each and everything and then come with a final answer.. those