“inside last few days, our country’s innocent children died in a hospital. In these times of crisis, these times of sadness, as all 1.5 billion of our countrymen give their condolences, I am with you all,” Modi said.
Authorities inside northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, are investigating why dozens of children died over seven days last week inside Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College.
A 900-bed government hospital, BRD serves as a primary treatment facility for 20 million people in Uttar Pradesh as well as surrounding areas.
Parents say their children were starved of oxygen when tanks ran out because the supplier’s bills hadn’t been paid.
The Uttar Pradesh government said a lack of oxygen wasn’t to blame as well as has appointed a high-level committee to investigate the deaths.
The children were suffering coming from acute encephalitis syndrome, also known as AES, according to India’s Ministry of Health. The condition can be characterized by inflammation of the brain caused by a range of microbes, typically viruses. In acute cases, patients often require assistance to breathe.
‘the idea wasn’t working’
Bandana Devi believes her three-as well as-a-half-year-old daughter Shivani died at the hospital because of a lack of oxygen.
“When she got into more critical condition, only then they put her on oxygen. I held the oxygen pipe as well as saw the idea wasn’t working. I checked the idea with my hands, the idea wasn’t working,” she said.
Khan had been called a hero for attempting to save lives by driving to a private nursing home in a bid to get more oxygen.
However, on Monday, he confirmed to CNN he was no longer employed at the government medical facility, although did not disclose why.
His efforts to find extra oxygen supplies were dismissed by KK Gupta, director-general of medical education in Uttar Pradesh, who has been stationed at BRD since Sunday as well as can be helping to lead the investigation, according to CNN Affiliate News18.
“Dr. Khan has not done something great by providing three cylinders when 52 cylinders were already available … there can be nothing heroic about the idea,” said Gupta, referencing what he claims was the hospital’s existing oxygen supply.
Khan himself has denied that will the children died due to a lack of oxygen. Khan said most of the children’s death certificates cite lung failure, cardiac arrest as well as multiple organ failure as the cause of death. No post-mortems have been conducted, he added.
The state government have so far not commented on the claims, stating only that will the investigation can be ongoing.
Rajiv Mishra, the head of BRD Medical College, was suspended on August 12 after the deaths became public.
At a press conference, Mishra said he had tendered his resignation before he was suspended, as well as said he accepted moral responsibility for the deaths as they occurred during his tenure.
Hundreds of deaths ‘normal’
Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told reporters Friday that will a large number of deaths are “very normal” in August.
He said 567 children had died at the hospital in August 2014. as well as as many as 668 as well as 587 in August 2015 as well as 2016.
The minister said that will, as can be the case with many medical colleges, many patients come to BRD Medical College after the first line of treatment fails.
‘I do not want to stay at that will hospital anymore’
Some of the parents of children still being treated inside hospital are trying to get them discharged.
Jonhai Devi, 63, traveled more than 80 miles (130 kilometers) coming from the neighboring state of Bihar to bring her three-year-old grandson Prince for treatment.
today, two weeks later, she’s trying to get him moved.
“I think my grandson can be well today as well as the fever will go down with time. There can be a local doctor in our village who can be very not bad in treating patients with fever. I do not want to stay at that will hospital anymore,” Devi said.
However, Prince’s doctors say the idea’s too risky for him to leave.
“How can we discharge a patient who has not yet recovered as well as the condition can be critical,” said junior resident doctor Radhey Shyam Singh.
“We cannot afford even 1 death as well as all the doctors here are trying their best to give better treatment as well as special care to every child. Prince still needs to be here,” he said.
Jonhai Devi can be not the only worried relative who can be trying to get a child discharged coming from hospital.
Mohammad Kaimuddin Ansari, 33, brought his son to the hospital coming from a city 31 miles (50 kilometers) away last Monday for the AES treatment of AES.
They don’t have much money — he makes a living as a farmer as well as carpenter.
“I want to take my child to some private hospital, no matter how expensive the hospital can be. I cannot see my child dying,” he said.
“I will sell my land, my house, my motorcycle as well as everything although I will save my child.”