30 children die in hospital in northern India: medical official

8/12/2017 7:42:46 AM

At least 10 of the children at BRD Medical College had died because of encephalitis, a disease that causes inflammation of the brain

At least 10 of the children at BRD Medical College had died because of encephalitis, a disease that causes inflammation of the brain

NEW DELHI, Reuters, Aug. 11, 2017 - Thirty children have died at a hospital in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh since Wednesday due to encephalitis and delivery-related issues, a senior medical official said on Friday.
Chief Medical Superintendent Dr R.S. Shukla also denied accusations made by a district official in local media that the deaths were due to an oxygen shortage he said occurred after a private supplier withdrew its equipment over unpaid hospital dues.
The dead children ranged from babies to 12-year-olds.
Shukla said at least 10 of the children at BRD Medical College had died because of encephalitis, a disease that causes inflammation of the brain, while the rest had died from 'delivery-related issues', without providing further details.
Other officials at the hospital were not immediately reachable.
Uttar Pradesh officials are conducting an investigation of the matter, said a senior state government official.


 

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