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Gorakhpur Tragedy: Death Toll reaches 70

Sunday, Aug 13, 2017,12:19 IST By anju A A A

New Delhi: The death toll in Gorakhpur tragedy rose to 70, as another child succumbed to encephalitis at Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital on Sunday. Meanwhile, it has also been reported that union Health Minister J.P. Nadda and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will reach Gorakhpur today, to enquire about the tragedy.

Talking to media, veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said,”The administration was notified of the lack of oxygen. Local media reports also hinted at the possibility of a large tragedy in the hospital. It is shocking that nothing was done about it. Suspending the Principal after this and announcing an enquiry into the matter is just an eyewash. There should be an all-party probe into this; the matter should not be submerged at any cost.” Azad also demanded the resignation of state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh immediately.

Yesterday, it was reported that as many as 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in a span of 48 hours at the hospital. As per the data procured from the BRD hospital, in past five days from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths occurred in the hospital. The families of the children have claimed that the doctors were not treating them well and the hospital was not even providing the medicines which were required for the treatment.

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