Lucknow, Oct 13, 2017: About two months after deaths of 63 children at Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur hit the headlines, leading to the arrest of the institution’s principal, a doctor and other staff, the number of deaths at the hospital continue to remain high.
According to BRD Medical College principal P K Singh, nineteen children have died at the hospital in the last 24 hours — 13 neonatal (newborn) deaths, and six others suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). However, sixty-nine deaths have been reported at the hospital in the four days since October 7.
In the second week of August, 60 deaths were reported over five days. “Most of these deaths are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) due to various reasons — such as pneumonia, septicemia, asphyxia, etc,” college principal Singh said. He said a large number of newborns in critical condition are coming to the hospital from far-off places.
“There are 118 children admitted at NICU at present, of which 13 died due to different medical reasons,” Singh said. “There are 333 patients admitted in the pediatric ward.” Of these 333 patients, 109 children are suffering from AES, he said.
Officials said that 1,470 patients have been admitted to the BRD Medical College since January this year, adding that a total of 310 have died.
The BRD Medical College hit the headlines earlier in August when 63 children, including infants, died within a span of one week due to disruption of oxygen supply by the vendor.
The FIR was lodged against nine people, including the owner of the oxygen supplying company and the principal of BRD Medical College.
Doctors said the latest deaths did not occur due to lack of oxygen, treatment or anything else but the fact that they were brought to the hospital in a very critical condition.