Gorakhpur horror continues: 61 children die in 72 hours
The horror at Gorakhpur continued and 61 children have died in the past 72 hours at the BRD Medical College. This incident comes only a few weeks after 31 children had died at the same hospital due to disruption of oxygen supply.
The latest deaths were due to various ailments, including encephalitis, health complexities in newborns, pneumonia, sepsis etc, whose patients have been flooding the hospital, leading to overcrowding.
On August 27, 28 and 29, 61 deaths were recorded at the hospital - 11 in the encephalitis ward, 25 in neonatal intensive care unit (NNICU) and another 25 in the general pediatric ward.
Doctors have said that the numbers of deaths are likely to increase in the days to come due to heavy rainfall, floods and water logging which trigger the spread of accute encephalitis syndrome (AES).
After the death of over 30 children on August 10 and 11, the state government increased the strength of doctors and paramedical staff in the hospital. But due to the large inflow of infected children, the wards are packed and three to four children are adjusted on one bed.