Children deaths in India's Gorakhpur to be probed as 'massacre' sparks widespread condemnation


Children deaths in India's Gorakhpur to be probed as 'massacre' sparks widespread condemnation
  1. Children deaths in India's Gorakhpur to be probed as 'massacre' sparks widespread condemnation
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    In total, 63 children have died at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur town due to alleged medical…
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The state government in India's Uttar Pradesh has ordered an investigation into the mass deaths of children at a hospital over a possible medical negligence. The tragedy has been condemned as a "massacre" and the step from the government comes after the provincial administration got battered by allegations of criminal negligence by rights groups and opposition parties.

More than 60 children have died within a time span of over five days at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in the temple town of Gorakhpur. Preliminary reports have indicated that a short supply of oxygen could have led to the deaths though the authorities insist they are still investigating the exact cause.

"For the last two to three days, the news that has been pouring in, PM Modi has been concerned. He called me to offer all sorts of support," said the newly elected Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

He cautioned the media against "fake reporting" in the incident and assured that those who are responsible for the deaths would face strict punishment.

"Let reports of probe committee come. Assure you, if anyone's negligence caused the death of a person, in any part of UP, he won't be spared," Adityanath added. He was addressing a press conference on Sunday, 13 August along with federal Health Minister JP Nadda outside the hospital after inspecting the victims' families.

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