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.
Speaking to NDTV, Ajay Shukla, whose 17 days old daughter, Sarika Shukla, too was among 63 children, who died at BRD hospital, said, “Oxygen levels were low two days ago too.”
Sarika died around 5 pm on 10 August. The doctors at the hospital said that Sarika had died of cardio-respiratory failure. Abhineet Kumar Shukla, the baby’s relative, said that on 8 August too, there was a low oxygen supply situation at the NICU ward adding that a monitor that they were told was an “Oxygen level monitor”, was beeping with the red sign which indicated low oxygen.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, visited the hospital in Gorakhpur, with Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Sunday. Just before his visit, the hospital witnessed a massive facelift exercise as staff were seen furiously cleaning the wards.
However, moments before Adityanath’s arrival, a father told News Nation channel that was reportedly forced by the hospital administration in Gorakhpur to carry the dead body of his baby on an auto.
The father told the channel, “The lady doctors asked us to take our 9-month-old baby. What options have I got now. I will now take the dead body of my baby in an auto-rickshaw and bury him.”
The reporter said that he personally found the act utterly insensitive.
At least 30 children died in a government run hospital in Gorakhpur, the home town of Uttar Pradesh chief ministter, Yogi Adityanath, on Friday due to stop in supply of liquid oxygen. This took the death toll to 60 as more children had died of same reason in the week. There was a report of one more child’s death in the same hospital on Sunday.