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Gorakhpur hospital horror continues: 42 kids die in last 48 hours, toll of infants alone reaches 60

The horror of deaths of children at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College continues, 42 kids died in the last 48 hours and so far 60 deaths have been recorded. 

While 7 children are learnt to have died due to encephalitis, other reasons have been cited for other deaths, according to PK Singh, Principal of BRD Medical College.

On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh’s Special Task Force took into custody former principal Rajiv Mishra and his wife for questioning in connection within the deaths of over 60 children within a week’s time at the hospital earlier this month. 

Mishra had been suspended as principal of the college on August 12 after the deaths were reported.

On Dr Kafeel Khan, former nodal officer of the 100-bed acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) ward in the hospital, the SSP said, “Police reached his residence for questioning. However, he was not there. His family members have been told to support the police, so that they do not face any legal action during investigation.”

The state government also maintained that the deaths were not caused due to shortage of oxygen but various diseases.

Recommendations were made by the probe team to initiate criminal action against Dr Khan for allegedly concealing facts and filing false affidavit and working against the rules of the Indian Medical Council.

However, a group of doctors at AIIMS-Delhi had come out in his support, alleging that he was being made a scapegoat by the authorities.

The FIR was lodged in the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow against nine people, including the former principal, in connection with the deaths of children there due to alleged lack of oxygen supply.

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