Kids’ death toll rises to 72 in Yogi’s UP

Srinagar: The death toll of kids rose to seventy two on Sunday in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where BJP is ruling with Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister.

The CM Yogi Adityanath along with Union Health Minister J P Nadda today visited Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital after the death of kids who were undergoing treatment at the hospital.

A four-year-old boy suffering from encephalitis died on Sunday, taking the total death toll to 72 in the last six days.

According to news agency ANI, 11 children died on Saturday and until Friday the death toll stood at 60.
While the recent deaths are being blamed on the possible disruption of oxygen supply in medical wards, the state government ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident on Saturday.

UP Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh, however, said the oxygen supply went down on August 10, but the situation was brought under control within a few hours.

He added that none of the deaths took place during the window of crisis.

The latest crisis in UP has invited sharp criticism to the Yogi administration for its failure to avoid the deaths.