However, before leaving for Gorakhpur, state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh today reiterated that no child died due to a shortage of oxygen.
Uttar Pradesh largest government hospital BRD medical college, Gorakhpur district stopped the supply oxygen cylinder which killed at least 30 children. He claims that only seven deaths have been reported and those were due to some other medical reasons. "AMBU (Artificial Manual Breathing Unit) bags were used to supply oxygen to the patients after cylinders too ran out of supply, " he added.Singh said a high-level committee, to be headed by the state chief secretary, had been formed to probe the matter.
State Health Minister Siddarth Nath Singh told TV channels that "a lot of people come suffering from high fever and if they don't get treatment, it may result in death".
"Thirty kids died in hospital without oxygen".
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"Children die a painful death in Gorakhpur due to lack of oxygen supply".
The region is one of India's poorest and registers hundreds of child deaths each year from Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which is rife in parts of eastern and northern India.
The Prime Minister was under huge pressure from the opposition to react to the tragedy, which occurred in the constituency of his handpicked chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
The parents said the company that supplies oxygen to the hospital had earlier threatened to stop the distribution of oxygen unless the government paid its long-overdue bills.
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According to the government, 60 deaths have taken place in the hospital during past five days. "So the report about death of children because of oxygen issue is false".
Expressing his sympathies to the bereaved families, Adityanath said that encephalitis was a big challenge for the state government as well as an emotional issue for him as he have been waging a war against it since 1998. Well, here we are going to talk about all this in detail and how this very big incident really happened just after the visit of CM Yogi. "The BJP government is responsible and should punish the negligent who caused this tragedy", Rahul Gandhi said.
A team of specialists from the federal health ministry was sent to the hospital on Saturday to verify what caused the deaths.
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A report claims that the there was frequent disruption of oxygen supply to the patients for an entire night.