The doctors said the technician at the hospital had also informed the authorities of dipping oxygen levels, but no heed was paid.
The hospital is the largest in Gorakhpur district, which for years has been the parliamentary constituency of the state's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. But despite his visit, no adequate majors were taken to ensure the safety of children. "A probe has been ordered into the incident and a final picture will be clear after it comes out", he said. But as the amount reached over 60 lakhs, supplier's officials wrote to district as well as hospital administration for payment of dues. It is a specialty hospital frequented by many in the region that is prone to cases of Encephalitis. Death toll reaches to 32. "BJP govt is responsible & should punish the negligent, who caused this tragedy", party vice president Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
When contacted UP minister for medical education Ashutosh Tandon said he did not have any information about the deaths. The report run by few media channels is misleading, ' the government clarified via Twitter.
The Finacial Express reported that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier in May 2017, launched a campaign to eradicate deadly encephalitis disease that had led to deaths of hundreds of children every year in Uttar Pradesh.
It is learnt that the supply shut down on Thursday night resulting in the death of 20 children. Seven deaths were reported Friday evening. "We had requested the suppliers not to disrupt supply", District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela had said.
Other officials at the hospital were not immediately reachable.
Sources said that around 8 pm on Thursday, oxygen being supplied through cylinders was disrupted.
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This year alone, Gorakhpur has seen at least 114 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).
But according to news agency PTI, a Union home ministry statement that quoted the Gorakhpur police superintendent said 21 children died because of shortage of oxygen.
30 children died in 2 Days.
Meanwhile, parents and attendants of patients, mostly children at the ward number 100 - the encephalitis ward at the BRD medical college - remained resigned to fate and medical negligence.
Encephalitis is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain.
There are two major types of this deadly disease. Available on Android and IOS.