Lucknow, Sep 21 : A high alert has been sounded across six districts in Uttar Pradesh after nearly 84 children have lost their lives in past 45 days at a district hospital in Bahraich, due to a ‘mysterious fever’.
DK Singh, district hospital’s medical superintendent said, “A large number of children were admitted to the hospital and 71 died in the past 45 days. Children have died due to various diseases.”
The Uttar Pradesh government released a press release about the outbreak of disease : mysterious fever . They identified the affected districts as Bareilly and Budaun in western Uttar Pradesh, followed by Hardoi, Sitapur, Bahraich and Shahjahanpur — which are close to state capital Lucknow.
71 children have died in past 45 days at a district hospital in Bahraich. Medical superintendent says 'children have died due to various diseases. We've 200 beds but currently 450 patients are admitted here. We're trying our best to save as many lives we can.' (20.09.18) pic.twitter.com/W20n5jCIER
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He stated that people from the nearby villages admit their children to the hospital for treatment, but due to limited facility, the hospital authorities face a lot of problems.
According to reports the children have been suffering from various diseases. However, the medical reports have not mentioned any disease in particular.
While talking about the dearth of number of beds in the hospital he added, “We have 200 beds but currently, 450 patients are admitted here. The workload is very high. We are trying our best to save as many lives as we can.”
Over 120 children lost their lives in 10 days at the infamous BRD Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur town of Uttar Pradesh due to alleged shortage of oxygen despite the assurances from the government to improve conditions at the hospital. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath virtually blamed the doctors for the deaths from Encephalitis, saying there was lack of sincerity in their efforts to find a cure.
Yogi Adityanath made several promises of upgrading the hospital facilities but sill, the district hospital reportedly lacks the proper infrastructure to treat the patients.