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Farrukhabad children deaths show the rampant mismanagement in government hospitals

49 children have reportedly died in a month in Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad district hospital due to lack of oxygen supply, but the case seems to be part of a larger pattern 

 
By Kundan Pandey, Vibha Varshney
Last Updated: Tuesday 05 September 2017

Over 49 children die due to lack of oxygen in Farrukhabad state hospital

In yet another proof of mismanagement in government hospitals, shortage of oxygen has claimed 49 lives over a month in the special newborn care unit of Ram Manohar Lohiya hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad district. In August, 62 infants died in Gorakhpur’s state-run BRD hospital, allegedly due to the same reason—the lack of oxygen supply.

The incident came into light after district magistrate of Farrukhabad Ravindra Kumar ordered a probe into this matter following his visit to the hospital and interactions with parents, reported CNN News 18. Initial investigation report cites the deaths to shortage of oxygen and lack of medical services. An FIR has been filed against the CMO, CMS and some doctors under Sections 176, 188 and 304 of the Indian Penal Code.

The Uttar Pradesh government, however, denied that the deaths took place owing to lack of oxygen supply but attributed them to various causes, as per the Indian Express. The government has said that 19 of the 49 children were stillborn and others died of various causes including perinatal asphyxia, a medical condition resulting from deprivation of oxygen to a newborn infant.

A technical team headed by the director-general, health, would visit Farrukhabad on September 5 to probe into the deaths and submit a report.

Opposition parties have lashed out at the government after an alleged second case of mismanagement this month. In Gorakhpur, close to 70 children have allegedly died in August due to the lack of oxygen supply.

An analysis by Down To Earth shows that negligence is rampant across government-run hospitals in India, with hundreds of such deaths reported across the country.

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