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Gorakhpur tragedy: What is encephalitis, causes and treatment

Gorakhpur tragedy: What is encephalitis, causes and treatment

The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday suspended the Principal of the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur for the deaths of over 60 children.

On Mr. Adityanath's instructions, Health Minister Sidharthnath Singh and Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon left for Gorakhpur.

At least 23 children died on Thursday, and 11 the next day, at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital, sited in Gorakhpur district of northern Uttar Pradesh, India's most populated state.

Informed sources told IANS that senior health officials were monitoring the situation and admitted that the state government had been left red-faced because of the deaths took place in the Chief Minister's hometown.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who visited the hospital, blamed the State government for the "lapse" and demanded that the Health Minister and Medical Education Minister be sacked.

Both the opposition parties in the state have chose to send teams to Gorakhpur. "Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh should immediately resign from their post".

"Thirty kids died in hospital without oxygen".

Indian media said 30 children died on Thursday and Friday after the oxygen supply was disrupted in wards housing the sick, allegedly because the supplier's bills were not paid.

Opposition leaders have been criticised for trying to politicize the issue for blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, which rules the state.

"As far as the complaint regarding non-payment of dues to the company supplying the oxygen is concerned, it is a matter of inquiry".

Stating that the exact toll was not available with the opposition, Yadav said, "We have received information that as the children were dying, their families were being taken out of the hospital in a hush hush manner". A person afflicted with encephalitis requires serious medical attention according to Medical News Today.

Rautela said a magisterial investigation had been ordered into the deaths.

Hospital dienes that shortage of oxygen supply is not the reason behind the children's death.

After digging deeper, it turns out that a total number of 60 deaths have occurred in the past 5 days.

Sixteen years ago on August 6, 2001, the Moideen Badusha Mental Home in Erwadi witnessed one of the worst hospital tragedies, where 28 patients in the mental asylum died in an inferno when they failed to escape the wards. Mr Mishra later said he had already given his resignation, owing moral responsibility for the tragedy.