Over a span of one week in August, over 63 children died at the same hospital due to disruption in oxygen supply.
While the initial report by the district magistrate has blamed oxygen shortage, the hospital authorities are putting the onus on issues ranging from children being born prematurely to mothers not being aware of health issues.
Eleven of the deaths in the past three days have been reported from the encephalitis ward, while 25 each have been recorded in the neonatal intensive care unit and general paediatric ward.
With the government giving 23 natural reasons for the children’s deaths, the official line eliminates any human or institutional hand or negligence.
The UP government insists that the deaths are unrelated to any oxygen shortage, though they are yet to explain why 23 children died on August 10.
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