Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Oxygen supply interrupted on Aug 10 night: IMA report

Oxygen supply interrupted on Aug 10 night: IMA report

A three-member IMA team, released their report after visiting the institute on Thursday.

The government attributed most of the fatalities to Japanese encephalitis amid allegations that the children died because the hospital's oxygen supply was cut over a payment dispute with the private supplier.

The IMA panel also felt the Uttar Pradesh administration had maligned several senior doctors at the BRD Medical College and Hospital by blaming them for the deaths, reported The Telegraph.

However, the IMA report said: "Although there is no evidence of medical clinical negligence against Rajiv Mishra (Principal, BRD Medical College) and Kafeel Khan (Assistant Professor and Nodal Officer, Encephalitis Ward, Department of Paediatrics), prima facie it appears that a case of administrative negligence against them can not be ruled out".

Dozens of children died last week in a decrepit government hospital in northeastern India under circumstances that remain unclear. No matter what happened doctors who have spent decades treating sick kids in the area say it's a symptom of a greater
Oxygen supply interrupted on Aug 10 night: IMA report

When the newspaper asked for Kushwaha's reaction on the same, he said "Yes, the doctors are indeed being maligned". "Cleanliness of hospital and wards was unsatisfactory". Gorakhpur was just one of 17 districts in the region that lacked proper arrangements to treat encephalitis patients, the report said, adding that district hospitals and community health centres in these areas lacked pediatricians and resources.

Talking to TOI, President of IMA, Dr KK Agarwal said that the report had been sent, along with recommendations to the UP government. The report states that no alert was issued by the hospital administration regarding shortage of oxygen and treating doctors should have been alerted in advance about the shortage.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) appointed a team of three members to inquire into the death of almost 70 children at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur city.

Thakur further said the PIL asserts that the state government and its agencies have been trying to defend the entire incident by negating the facts emerging in media about deaths taking place due to oxygen failure, which gives a message that they are trying to hide facts and shield certain guilty persons. The next hearing is scheduled for August 29.

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