Gorakhpur horror: 1,250 deaths since January, here is the breakup
The utter callousness of authorities in Uttar Pradesh has resulted in the death of 1,250 deaths since January this year at government hospital in Uttar Pradesh. Most of the victims were new-borns in the neonatal ward.
According to data provided by the hospital, a total of 290 deaths have been reported in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College (BRDM) in Gorakhpur in the month of August, of which 213 died in the Neo Natal ICU and 77 in the encephalitis ward. The hospital data points out that majority of the victims at the hospital seem to be new borns as NICU at BRD saw 1,075 deaths between January and August 2017 and 213 alone in the month of August.
Giving a break up of the causalities at the infamous hospital, BRD Medical College's officiating principal PK Singh said, "37 children have died on August 27 and 28, of which 26 died in the Neo Natal ICU (NICU) and 11 in encephalitis ward."
Here is the break up
January witnessed 152 deaths (143 in NICU and nine in encephalitis ward).
In February it was 122 (117 and 5).
March 159 (141 and 18).
April 123 (114 and 9).
May 139 (127 and 12).
June 137 (125 and 12).
July 128 (95 and 33).
August 290 ( 213 and 77).
Singh said children with different complications and ailments arising out of premature delivery, under weight, jaundice, pneumonia, infectious diseases and encephalitis are admitted to the hospital, mostly in a very serious condition. "A lot many lives can be saved if patients are brought here earlier," Singh stressed.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had constituted a committee to investigate the role of the oxygen supplier in the deaths of as many as 63 children at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur.
The Congress and other Opposition parties come down heavily on Yogi Adityanath's BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the incident, calling for his resignation on moral grounds.
The Gorakhpur tragedy reflects India's worrisome track record on health, its spending, its delivery, lack of insurance support and the weak enforcement of rules on quality and governance.