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Gorakhpur: 58 deaths in 4 days, says BRD Hospital

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 November 2017, 16:06 IST

At least 58 people, including 32 children, died within a span of four days between November 1 and 4 at Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College Hospital authority, confirmed hospital authorities.

Prof D K Shrivastav, the head of the Community Medicine Department, BRD hospital told ANI, "In between November 1 and 4 there were 58 deaths, of which 32 of them are below 1 month and 26 are over 1 month of age."

Prof Shrivastav said, "In the last 24 hours on Saturday, 10 children below 1 month and 5 children above 1 month have died. There were almost 235 patients on bed and the children who were below 1 month have died are mainly because of the infection and malnutrition. 250 children have been admitted and 26 died amongst the children above 1 month."

However, when asked about the reason behind the children's deaths, Prof Shrivastav said it was due to lack of cleanliness in the areas the children lived in.

He mentioned that efforts are being made to ensure cleanliness in the area.

"We are taking up measures to spread awareness among the parents of the patients so that cleanliness is maintained," he said.

On Sunday, reports of the deaths of at least 30 children within 48 hours at the hospital had hit the headlines.

Earlier on Monday, patients complained of ineffective medications and negligence of doctors in the hospital.

The recent deaths in Gorakhpur have brought the Yogi Adityanath-led government under scanner once again.

In August, it was reported that over 60 children had died within a week.


First published: 6 November 2017, 16:06 IST