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Gorakhpur hospital allegedly owed Rs 68 lakh arrears to private firm that supplied oxygen

Mismanagement may have contributed led to the tragic death of over 30 children at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College in a span of 48 hours.  The children, who were on ventilator support, allegedly died due to lack of oxygen after a private firm stopped supplying cylinders.

Staff correspondent, NewsCrunch

Mismanagement may have contributed led to the tragic death of over 30 children at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College in a span of 48 hours.

The children, who were on ventilator support, allegedly died due to lack of oxygen after a private firm stopped supplying cylinders.

The Hindustan Times reports that the hospital owed Pushpa Sales, the firm that supplied oxygen cylinders, Rs 68 lakh in dues. The terms of the agreement with the hospital had reportedly clearly mentioned that arrears would not be more than Rs 10 lakh. 

The HT report states that the hospital ran out of oxygen around 1 am on Friday. Though frantic efforts were made to restore supply, disruptions continued intermittemtly. 

Of the 73 patients in the 100-bed encephalitis ward, 54 were on ventilator.

The UP government has stated that the death occurred due to an encephalitis outbreak and not due to disruption of oxygen cylinders as it had multiple suppliers.

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