In the last 48 hours, 42 children had died at Gorakhpur-based BRD Medical College and Hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) and paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Among them, while seven were allegedly suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), the rest reportedly succumbed to other diseases.
On August 11, 60 children had died over a span of five days at the hospital, allegedly due to the lack of liquid oxygen supply, following which nine persons were booked. The government, however, had maintained that the children had died of encephalitis and other medical reasons. Prior to today’s report, the hospital had maintained that 200 children had died there this month.