Another Gorakhpur-like tragedy in UP, ‘lack of oxygen’ claims 49 lives in Farrukhabad

Agra: After a hospital tragedy in Gorakhpur in another similar case, 49 newborns have died in the special care of the newborn (ENS) of the government hospital of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) in Farrukhabad for a month.

Last month, 62 children died in the university hospital of Baba Raghav Das Medical College (BRD) in Gorakhpur district due to a supposed “oxygen shortage”.
The issue came after Farrukhabad district magistrate Ravindra Kumar ordered an investigation on 30 August after visiting the hospital and interacting with the victims’ families.

Although before the hospital visit, the local media had already reported that at least one child died in the SNCU service every 14 hours. At DM’s request, the investigation was conducted by a team of three officers led by Judge Jainendra Kumar Jain.

Daya Nand Misra, Superintendent of the Police, Farrukhabad, said: “On Sunday night, based on the complaint lodged by the city magistrate at Nagar Kotwali police station of child deaths, we presented a FIR against the officer senior physician Uma Kant Pandey, the head of medical superintendent BP Pushkar and some doctors at the RML hospital.

The accused officers have been booked under IPC176 (Failure to give notice or information officer by a person legally required to give), 188 (disobedience to the order duly promulgated by the public servant) and 304 (Punishment for homicide wrongdoing that does not represent murder) “.

According to reports, the COM and CMS were requested to provide information on the number of deaths of children between 23 May and 14 August in the SNCU room but did not provide the data. Later, when the DM intervened, doctors said that 30 children died from July 21 to August 20 due to perinatal asphyxia.

Official sources confirmed that the accused doctors deceive senior officials with deceased persons and did not cooperate fully with the investigation team. The report presented by the city magistrate to DM prima facie indicates that 49 children died in the oxygen shortage.

Better Sunil Dutt Dwivedi, MP Farrukhabad, told TOI: “I was visiting a local government hospital, but no doctor told me about the death of children.” The investigation by the city magistrate team revealed that there was negligence on the part of doctors at the RML hospital. It is up to the CMO and CMS, senior medical officials to take appropriate measures to save precious lives. ”

According to the complaint filed by city Judge Jainendra Kumar Jain to the police (TOI has a copy), the relatives of the victims stated that doctors at the RML hospital had withdrawn the supply of oxygen and even medicines to the children. The law clearly states that children died due to a shortage of oxygen at the government hospital.

Noting the 49 deaths of children in Farrukhabad, the UP government in a press release said of 49 deaths, 19 babies were “stillborn.” A high-level team will be sent from Lucknow to examine the problem to determine the actual cause of death.

When asked to comment, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Siddharth Nath Singh said: “The report was misinterpreted, with deaths occurring over a period of one month, including 19 births.

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