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3 New Borns Die In Chhattisgarh Due To Lack Of Oxygen After Attendant Gets Drunk And Passes Out

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21/08/2017 1:58 PM IST | Updated 21/08/2017 2:08 PM IST
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After the horrific incident in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur where 70 children died because of lack of oxygen at a hospital, reports a similar incident has happened in Chhattisgarh where 3 children have died.

NDTV reports that the mishap happened at the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital because the attendant, Ravi Chandra, got drunk on duty and passed out, and the oxygen supply stopped.

Chandra was suspended and arrested.

Director of Health Services, R Prasanna, told The Indian Express, "Yesterday there was a drop in oxygen pressure, there was no cut in oxygen supply. CMO and Superintendent immediately intervened, sorted the issue. Death of children are due to illness, information will be shared shortly."

The newspaper reports that one of the babies who died was just five days old and had a heart condition.

Chief Minister Raman Singh has ordered a probe into the incident.

The incident comes only days after Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College Hospital made headlines because of the deaths of more than 70 children because of lack of oxygen.

The shortage of supply was reportedly because the hospital had not cleared their dues with the company that supplied oxygen to the hospital.

And while hospital authorities had alleged that they had repeatedly asked the government for funds, nothing was done about the situation.

The Uttar Pradesh government has meanwhile denied that the deaths were because of lack of oxygen.

A committee set up by the BJP-led government at the Centre found that the deaths were not because of lack of oxygen. However, hospital records said that revealed a different story.

In an earlier report, Mint said in data available with them it said only five of the first 30 deaths between August 10 and August 11 were because if acute encephalitis syndrome, one was because of hepatic encephalopathy and the other deaths were of terminally in newborn babies.

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