New Delhi, Sep 21: At least 11 children died due to a bacterial disease ‘Diphtheria’ at Maharishi Valmiki Infectious Diseases Hospital in the national capital.
North MCD Mayor, Adesh Gupta told media “We have ordered an inquiry into the death of the children”.
” 3-member committee will submit its report in three days over the deaths”, he added.
We have ordered an inquiry into the death of the children. A 3-member committee will submit its report in3 days: Adesh Gupta, Mayor North MCD on the death 12 children due of Diphtheria in MCD's Maharishi Valmiki Hospital #Delhi pic.twitter.com/XER8OkvdOk
— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2018
Several parents of deceased attributed the deaths to non-availability of diphtheria antitoxin, according to the Indian Express.
“We don’t have this serum since November last year. I have been in touch with the administration of Central Research Institute, Kasauli, which is the only agency that supplies this, but they have closed their lab because some upgradation is going on there. I even went to Kasauli in March, but they said they have stopped the production for now”, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Sunil Kumar Gupta quoted as saying.
Diphtheria is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheria, which affects the throat and nose and produces a toxin impacting other organs.
Recently, at least 84 children lost their lives in past 45 days at a district hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich, due to a ‘mysterious fever’.
Following the outbreak of disease, the Uttar Pradesh government has issued an alert in six districts- Bareilly, Budaun Hardoi, Sitapur, Bahraich and Shahjahanpur — which are close to state capital Lucknow.