On Sunday night, Jaytendara Kumar Jain, Magistrate of Farrukhabad, asked the Police official of Farrukhabad to take actions against the hospital and the doctors of that hospital as he found out during the time span he was admitted there for his injury that there were 49 deaths because of the lack of oxygen supply in the hospital. The Uttar Pradesh Government, however, denied that the deaths took place because of the lack of oxygen supply.
A similar case was reported in Gorakhpur which shook the officials as well as the ministries. The deaths took place at the new hospital unit of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. The Uttar Pradesh Government said that the deaths didn’t take place because of lack of oxygen supply but they happened because of other medical reasons.
As soon as Jatendra Kumar Jain reported this a FIR was filed against the hospital and the staff. The result of this was that the government removed the District Magistrate Ravinder Kumar along with Medical Officer of the district and Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital. They have been charged under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and under Section 176 of IPC.
The city magistrate said in initial findings that nearly 30 deaths were because of “perinatal asphyxia”. However, the parents who lost their child claimed that there was no adequate oxygen available in the hospital and mismanagement led to deaths of their kids. The state government did not accept the allegation put on them and said that they will send a technical team of doctors to conduct in depth medical inquiry.
Prashant Trivedi, Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, Uttar Pradesh Government said “Oxygen is in proper supply at the hospital. There is no basis to blame the shortage of oxygen supply for the deaths in hospital. A team led by Director General Health is visiting the hospital soon to inquire in detail.” He further informed that there were a total of 468 births which took place in the hospital and out of which 19 were still born. Out of 66 who were admitted to the hospital, 6 died. Out of 145 were said that they were recommended other hospitals and places and then out of left 24 died while others recovered.
It has not been even a month to the Gorakhpur tragedy, where 60 innocent lost their lives because of silly mismanagements and now we are here listening to another. The blame game will never end in and of the places and no one would ever take the responsibility for what happened. Though the losses which those families faced cannot be compensated at least they can be provided with justice by law.