India baby deaths: Second hospital probed

India baby deaths: Second hospital probed

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A large number of children admited at ICU for encephalitis treatment ,At least 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s BRD Hospital after Supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted yesterday due to pending payment. Express photo by Vishal Srivastav 12.08.2017

Indian police are investigating the deaths of dozens of newborns at a hospital in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh. Forty-nine children died at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in a month, including at least 30 who are said to have died from “perinatal asphyxia”. The condition is caused by reduced oxygen levels during childbirth. In August at least 160 minors died at a Gorakhpur hospital, in the same state. Some of the deaths there were also allegedly caused by lack of oxygen. But senior government officials have denied that this was the case in either hospital. In the most recent investigation, a government report blamed medical staff for 30 deaths, prompting the launch of a police investigation.