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Serious Only Ah-Pu-Neh-land Hospital killed 64 children by the shortage of OXYGEN SUPPLY

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  1. Lee Kam You Sucker

    Lee Kam You Sucker Alfrescian Old Timer

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    64 children dead in India hospital due to oxygen shortage

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    LUCKNOW, India (AFP) – At least 64 children have died over six days at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages, officials said on Saturday (Aug 12).

    Authorities have launched an inquiry into the causes of the oxygen disruption but denied reports that it had caused the deaths at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh state.

    Indian media said 30 children died on Thursday and Friday because of the lack of oxygen on wards. Suppliers’ bills had allegedly not been paid.

    “Sixty patients have died at the hospital in the last five days but we don’t think it’s linked to reports of oxygen shortage,” Anil Kumar, Gorakhpur’s divisional commissioner told AFP.
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    State health minister Sidharth Nath Singh announced later that four more deaths had been reported on Saturday, taking the toll to 64 over the six days starting Monday.

    Singh denied that any of the deaths were linked to the oxygen shortage.

    Twenty-three children died on Thursday, when, according to a statement shared by the office of state chief minister, “the pressure of the liquid oxygen supply became low and 52 reserve oxygen cylinders were pressed into service”.

    The office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that Modi was “monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur” and was in touch with state authorities. Modi’s conservative nationalist party controls the state.

    The Hindustan Times newspaper on Saturday described chaotic scenes at the hospital as oxygen supply was disrupted.

    “Even as 90 jumbo oxygen cylinders were pressed into service to maintain the supply on Friday, the hospital ran out of oxygen around 1am,” it said.

    “All hell broke loose,” the report added.

    “What followed was complete chaos as panic-stricken relatives of patients ran for help, and with the support of hospital staff tried to maintain supply of oxygen... using artificial manual breathing bags (AMBB).

    “However, several patients started collapsing due to inadequate supply,” it added.

    One uncle of an 11-year-old girl, Vandana, who died at the hospital, echoed local media reports about the chaos.

    “We didn’t know what was happening at the time. The staff just told us to keep pressing AMBB after every count till three. We kept doing that for some time,” he told ABP news channel.

    The region is one of India’s poorest and registers hundreds of child deaths each year from Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which is rife in parts of eastern and northern India.

    “We will be getting more liquid oxygen cylinders tonight or tomorrow, and have also cleared the dues of the supplier,” district official Kumar told AFP.

    He added that the deaths could be due to “natural” causes, as many patients admitted are in “serious” condition.

    India’s Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, a campaigner for children’s rights, described the deaths as “a massacre” on Twitter.

    “Thirty kids died in hospital without oxygen. This is not a tragedy. It’s a massacre. Is this what 70 years of freedom means for our children?” he said.

    The state’s health minister suspended the hospital’s top official, holding him accountable for the oxygen supply until the completion of a formal investigation.

    “The reasons for the disruption of oxygen supply are being investigated but our probe has revealed that no deaths happened because of it,” Singh told reporters after a visit to the hospital.

    “When you hear about around 23 deaths in a day, it shocks you, and it should,” he said.

    “But the average daily death toll for the month of August (at the hospital) has been 19 to 22 for the last three years,” the minister added.


    Sixty children die in Indian hospital amid row over oxygen supplies

    Children are treated at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Credit: AP


    12 August 2017 • 4:20pm

    Sixty children have died at a hospital in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh this week, prompting local media to blame the fatalities on a lack of oxygen supplies.

    The BRD Medical College specified that 34 were babies who died at the neo-natal intensive care unit, while 12 died because of encephalitis. The rest died of other unspecified causes.

    Local media reports have said some of the deaths were caused due to an oxygen shortage after a private supplier withdrew its equipment over unpaid hospital dues.

    BRD Medical Chief Medical Superintendent Dr R.S. Shukla denied the deaths had been caused by a lack of oxygen supplies when asked by Reuters.

    The hospital, in a statement, said there had been a "drop in pressure in the supply of liquid oxygen" on Thursday, but added cylinders were procured from various other suppliers. It did not specify whether that had resulted in any deaths.

    The breakdown of the death toll provided by the hospital showed a spike on Thursday, with 23 fatalities, including 14 babies at its neo-natal unit.
    Family members care for children undergoing treatment at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital
    Family members care for children undergoing treatment at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital Credit: EPA

    The Uttar Pradesh and federal governments are investigating the matter, officials said. A tweet from the Prime Minister's office said Narendra Modi was constantly monitoring the situation.

    The deaths have sparked a political firestorm as opposition politicians sought to pin the blame on Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, which rules the state.

    The hospital is located in Gorakhpur district, which is represented by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who was appointed to head the state this year.

    "The current government is responsible for the deaths of children in Gorakhpur due to the lack of oxygen. Strict action should be taken," tweeted former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

    State government officials in TV appearances chastised opposition leaders for seeking to politicize the issue.

    Outbreaks of encephalitis are common every year in India, claiming hundreds of lives, especially during the monsoon season. The disease is most often caused by contaminated food or water, mosquito bites, or through breathing in respiratory droplets from an infected person.

    India spends about one percent of its GDP on public health, among the lowest in the world. Successive governments have faced criticism for not reforming the overburdened public health system which is still plagued with shortage of doctors and dilapidated infrastructure.

    Modi's government has in recent years increased health spending and vowed to make healthcare more affordable.
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    Outcry over deaths of children in Gorakhpur hospital
    Inquiry launched after 60 deaths in Uttar Pradesh hospital over five days amid reports lack of oxygen was to blame.

    Officials say all 60 deaths occurred at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital's paediatric ward [AFP]

    At least 60 children have died over five days at a hospital in eastern India, with local news media reporting that the deaths occurred when a company supplying oxygen cut off supply after a payment dispute.

    Authorities said on Saturday they have launched an inquiry but denied reports that a lack of oxygen had caused the deaths at the state-run Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Hospital in Gorakhpur.

    "We have launched an inquiry and a preliminary report should be out today," Anil Kumar, Gorakhpur's divisional commissioner, told AFP news agency.
    India: At least 30 children die in hospital

    "Yes, sixty patients have died at the hospital in the last five days but we don't think it's linked to reports of oxygen shortage."

    The hospital, which is in Uttar Pradesh state, ran out of oxygen at 1am local time on Friday, forcing medics to use manual ventilators on patients, the Hindustan Times reported.

    The newspaper said doctors made frantic calls to the supplier, Pushpa Sales, in order to restore the oxygen supply as the children started dying.

    Limited supplies resumed but were quickly depleted.

    A statement by the office of Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said that all 60 deaths occurred at the hospital's paediatric ward over a five-day period starting on Monday.

    Twenty-three children died on Thursday, when, according to the statement, "the pressure of the liquid oxygen supply became low and 52 reserve oxygen cylinders were pressed into service".

    BRD Hospital had run up debts of $6.9m Indian rupees ($107,000), a sales representative at the company responsible for supplying the oxygen said.
    Problem in pipeline

    Prashant Trivedi, Uttar Pradesh's top health official, admitted there was a problem in the pipeline supplying oxygen.

    "But the situation was managed through oxygen cylinders. The hospital administration has enough supply of cylinders in its stock. So the report about death of children because of oxygen issue is false," Trivedi said.

    Parents, however, said oxygen supply ran out on Thursday night and patients' families were given self-inflating bags to help the children breathe.

    "That's the time when the death of the children peaked," said Mritunjaya Singh, whose seven-month-old son was admitted to the hospital and was not among the dead.
    The tragedy has put the administration of Adityanath under critical scrutiny [J Prakash/Reuters]

    Parmatma Gautam, whose one-month-old nephew, Roshan, died when the oxygen supply stopped, said the hospital authorities and the district administration were trying to cover up their failure to pay the bills on time.

    "We saw our baby struggling to breathe and we couldn't do anything," Gautam told the Associated Press news agency.

    The office of the Indian prime minister said via Twitter that Narendra Modi was "monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur" and was in touch with the state authorities.

    The deaths and alleged circumstances surrounding the events in Gorakhpur have led to an outpouring of grief and anger on Indian social media.

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    On his Twitter account, cricketer Indian Mohammad Kaif wrote: "Tragic to hear loss of lives of innocent children in Gorakhpur. This is unacceptable. Incompetence [is] the main reason for such tragedies."

    Another Twitter user named Nupur wrote: "No excuse for what's happened in Gorakhpur. Heads must roll. Responsibility assigned. Arrests done. INEXCUSABLE."

    Sanjay Kapoor, editor of Hard News, an Indian political and current affairs magazine, put the blame of the "massacre" on India's worsening health system.

    "This is a story that has been unfolding repeatedly in different parts of the country," he told Al Jazeera from New Delhi. "Public health is a major casualty of corruption."

    Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies





    Oxygen runs out at Indian hospital, over 60 children dead

    August 12, 2017, 8:48 am

    Atleast 60 children, newborn babies among them, have died over the past 5 days in a hospital in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in what appears to be a case of medical negligence.

    The dead ranged from babies to 12-year-olds.

    It’s a massacre not a tragedy, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Friday reacting to the incident.

    30 kids died in hospital without oxygen. This is not a tragedy. It's a massacre. Is this what 70 years of freedom means for our children?

    — Kailash Satyarthi (@k_satyarthi) August 11, 2017

    About 200 kms east of state capital Lucknow, in the town of Gorakhpur, the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College reported a shortage of oxygen supply on Thursday.

    Local media reports said on Thursday that the deaths were owing to this oxygen shortage which occurred after a private supplier stopped its supply over unpaid hospital dues.

    According to hospital records, 7 children died on Friday, 23 died on Thursday, 9 on Wednesday, and 12 on Tuesday, 9 on Monday.

    Local officials have denied that the deaths are linked to a lack of oxygen supply.

    Chief Medical Superintendent Dr R.S. Shukla said on Friday at least 10 of the children at BRD Medical College, the largest in Gorakhpur, had died because of encephalitis. The rest had died from “delivery-related issues”, he added.

    Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said on Friday: “No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to shortage of oxygen supply. Only seven deaths have taken place at the BRD Medical College today and these were due to different medical reasons.”

    The ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is also governing the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

    The Chief Minister of the state, Yogi Adityanath, a saffron-robed Hindu priest, is the elected Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur. On Saturday, Adityanath ordered a high-level probe into the incident.

    Adityanath represented the ruling BJP during the Uttar Pradesh state polls earlier this year, and helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi consolidate power as he bids for re-election in a national ballot in 2019.

    Opposition Congress Party state chief Raj Babbar said that the horrific incident shows the “insensitivity of the state government”.

    “The government is responsible for the deaths of these children,” he said.

    On Friday, the private firm Pushpa Gas Agency, said they had repeatedly written to the authorities about pending hospital dues.

    “We repeatedly communicated about pending payments to concerned authorities but never got response,” Meenu Walia, official at Pushpa Gas Agency told Indian news agency ANI.
  2. tanwahtiu

    tanwahtiu Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Land of breed like rabbits everyrhing is shortage and caste system solved their problems.
  3. eatshitndie

    eatshitndie Alfrescian (Inf)

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    extra oxygen will not overcum the bahu.
  4. JohnTan

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    60 keling kids died because the hospital administrators embezzled the funds meant for paying for oxygen for sick kids?
  5. Leongsam

    Leongsam Administrator Staff Member Old Timer Old Timer

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    There's plenty of oxygen in the air we breath 21% to be exact. The only reason why anyone would die breathing god given air is if they are defective or weak.

    If that is the case the law of natural selection kicks in and rids the earth of these genetically inferior life forms.

    The earth is in crisis because we are constantly interfering with the fine balance between births and deaths. This has resulted in a ballooning of the world's population way beyond sustainable numbers.
  6. AhPuNeNe

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    Do not be surprised when they announced that Oxygen is depleted due to over using of fuels and over population and not only dropping from 21% of air to say 15‰ and that more carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide and toxic gas are making up that 9% instead.

    Eventually whole world will die like the kids in Ah Up Neh hospital.
  8. botakboon

    botakboon Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Rainforests are fucked and surely will reduce from 21% towards 0%

  9. Shut Up you are Not MM

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    Ah Neh hospital chief's job suspended after 64 kids' death will get employed at SGH?

    Ah Neh hospital chief's job suspended after 64 kids' death will get employed at SGH?


    Indian hospital chief suspended after dozens of children die

    Activists and students in New Delhi protest the deaths of dozens of children at a government-run hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images)
    By Annie Gowen August 13 at 10:46 AM

    NEW DELHI — State officials in India have suspended the director of a hospital where an estimated 60 children have died in the past week, including several young patients who died as oxygen supplies ran out Thursday after a billing dispute with a supplier.

    Officials in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have suspended Rajeev Misra, the head of the government-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, where at least 30 children died Thursday night and into Friday after its supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted over an unpaid bill, officials said. A Home Ministry spokesman told the Press Trust of India, citing police reports, that 21 of the deaths were directly linked to a shortage of oxygen.

    Witnesses had described a chaotic scene between 11 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday as medical practitioners — the tanks running dry — handed out manual resuscitator bags to families in a desperate attempt to save the tiny patients.

    “We saw children dying around us,” said the father of one victim, who gave his name only as Vijay. “Obviously, it’s the hospital’s fault. So many children have died because of them. My son was fine until nighttime, then something wrong happened.”

    The state’s health minister and hospital officials have denied charges that the deaths were caused by the oxygen bill dispute, and the state’s chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, blamed unsanitary conditions and the spread of the mosquito-borne disease encephalitis, which afflicts many children in India during the monsoon season.

    Adityanath told reporters at a hospital visit Sunday that the investigation was ongoing.

    “We will know whether it was because of an oxygen shortage or due to a lack of proper treatment,” he said. “Those found guilty will not be spared.”

    Parents of the victims described feelings of anger and bewilderment over the incident, saying they were struggling with guilt over not being able to save their children.

    “The idea is devastating — that she had to suffer while trying to breathe,” said Manger Rajbhar, the father of a 5-day-old girl who died in the chaos.

    The deaths provoked widespread outrage and condemnation across the political spectrum and on social media, where a political cartoon spread that showed the babies as little angels hovering in the sky as an Indian government official tries without success to reach them.

    “30 kids died in hospital without oxygen. This is not a tragedy. It’s a massacre,” Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, a child advocate, said in a tweet. “Is this what 70 years of freedom means for our children?” (The country is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its independence from Britain on Tuesday.)

    The hospital owed $89,750 to a Lucknow-based medical supply company called Pushpa Sales Private Limited, documents obtained by The Washington Post show, and the firm had written letters to the hospital and district magistrate for six months demanding payment. The company asserted that the hospital was violating the terms of its contract by running a balance of more than $15,625. The agreement expired July 31, and Pushpa discontinued the oxygen supply Aug. 4. Misra told reporters after his dismissal that he repeatedly asked the government for money to pay the outstanding bill.

    On Thursday, employees who handled the storage plant that pipes the oxygen wrote to the hospital’s chief medical officer to warn him that supplies were low and would last only until Thursday evening, according to a letter obtained by the news channel NDTV. The oxygen supply then dipped to a critical level, the channel said.

    State officials claimed they had obtained sufficient backup supplies from nearby nursing homes.

    The hospital is in Adityanath’s parliamentary constituency. The controversial monk, who was tapped by the governing Bharatiya Janata Party to head Uttar Pradesh earlier this year, is the longtime head of a large temple there.

    Adityanath had visited the hospital this week to inaugurate a critical-care unit. Many of the young patients were suffering from encephalitis, a potentially deadly illness that causes acute swelling of the brain.

    Zahid Ali, the father of a 5-year-old girl suffering from encephalitis, said he and other family members were still in shock after the death of Khushi on Friday night.

    Ali said Khushi, who was running a high fever, had been admitted to the hospital’s encephalitis ward Thursday. She was responding to treatment while on oxygen, he said, but her condition deteriorated as the cylinders ran dry that night.

    Hospital staff gave the parents a manual resuscitator and asked them to pump it themselves, he said, and he watched in horror as his daughter first became breathless, then turned “stiff and cold.”

    “At that time, I understood that my daughter was gone, but doctors kept on telling me that she is still alive,” he said. She was pronounced dead several hours later.

    Arjumand Bano in Gorakhpur and Farheen Fatima in New Delhi contributed to this report.

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  10. Shut Up you are Not MM

    Shut Up you are Not MM Alfrescian Old Timer

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    No problem! Future is surely such that all natural oxygen in the air are fucked already and we need to live by paying for oxygen and walking around in frogman oxygen tanks. Can not afford? Then pse die! It will be increasingly expensive as it spends expensive energies to make oxygen from water.


    PAP will make you pay COE for oxygen tanks and 20% GST for oxygen too.
  11. Rogue Trader

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    And yet our elected government freely gives working visas and residentships to these monkeys
  12. scroobal

    scroobal Alfrescian Old Timer

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    70 years after being given their freedom to become the world largest democracy, they can't even operate a fucking hospital. And we actually call them foreign talents and allow them to become professionals in our country.

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