30 including 25 kids die amid 48-hour power outage at medical college in Yogi Adityanath's constituency Gorakhpur

District magistrate Rajeev Rautela said that 30 deaths were reported in the past 48 hours but categorically denied that the deaths were due to a shortage of oxygen supply.

Published: 11th August 2017 08:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2017 08:52 PM   |  A+A-

Baba Raghav Das Medical College (ANI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW : At least 30 people including 25 kids lost their lives at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur during the last 48 hours when the firm supplying oxygen to neonatal units and encephalitis wards allegedly stopped supply due to non-payment.

Officials sources, however, are keeping the casualty figure at seven since Thursday midnight. District magistrate Rajeev Rautela said that 30 deaths were reported in the past 48 hours but categorically denied that the deaths were due to a shortage of oxygen supply.

Director General Medical Education KK Gupta has also rushed to Gorakhpur and a high- power committee has been set up to probe the cause and produce the report within 24 hours.

As per local sources, the firm which supplied oxygen cylinders stopped services after dues amounting to Rs 65 lakh were pending with the college authorities. Despite several reminders and no progress in payment, the cylinder supply was stopped.

However, Baba Raghav Das Medical College denies any crisis saying that an ample number of cylinders were available for patients and that the deaths were routine.

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