Though hospital denied shortage of oxygen as reason for the deaths, they failed to give any convincing reason for such large number of deaths. The Divisional Commissioner, talking to UNI, claimed that such deaths are not abnormal in the medical college but did not give any reason that why he has ordered the probe. "Let the probe report come then we can say anything. Guilty would not be spared," he said.
However, the official said nine people had died on August 7, 12 on August 8, nine on August 9, 23 on August 10 and seven today. Earlier, District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela had told reporters that seven children had died in last 24 hours. Later, he said that 30 children had died of Encephalitis in last 48 hours. However, sources claim that there was some problem in the oxygen supply line on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday creating a scare in the hospital. As patients started gasping for breath there was a chaos in the encephalitis ward. “Seven children have died of lack of oxygen in the ward,” Sameer Chaudhury, whose six-ear old nephew is admitted in the hospital said.
The junior doctors tried to salvage the situation but they were helpless because there was no oxygen in the pipeline. At night, cylinders were brought and oxygen supply was restored but by morning the hospital went out of supply again,” he said. Principal Secretary Health Prashant Trivedi denied lack of Oxygen as being the reason for deaths in the hospital. “There was some problem in the oxygen pipeline at night. But the situation was managed through 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,” he said.(UNI)