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95 kids die in Etawah hospital in a month

| | Lucknow | in Sunday Pioneer

Even as Gorakhpur Police succeeded in arresting another accused in connection with the deaths of 70 children in Baba Raghav Das Medical College on August 10 and 11, a fresh controversy stared at the State Government with 95 children dying due to negligence within a month at Saifai Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Etawah. Vice-Chancellor of Saifai PGI, Dr T Prabhakar denied any negligence.

Last week, Farukkabad hit the headlines after 91 children died at the district hospital within a month due to alleged medical negligence.In Etawah, 95 children admitted to Saifai PGI died in the last one month. The College administration said that of the 1464 children admitted last month, 95 died but denied that the deaths occurred due to shortage of oxygen or medical negligence.

The authorities claimed that three dozen children, who died there, were admitted soon after delivery at Primary Health Centre or at home.

However, District Magistrate of Etawah said that he was looking into the matter even as no complaint of negligence was lodged by any kin of the deceased so far.

Meanwhile in Gorakhpur, BRD College official Sudhir Pandey was arrested from his friend’s house near Khajanchi Chauk on Saturday morning. He was quizzed and is scheduled to be produced in the court by Sunday morning. Pandey was on the lam since bneing named in connection with the deaths of 70 children in the college on August 10 and 11.

After the tragic deaths, a case was registered against nine persons and the police has arrested former Principal Dr Rajeev Mishra, his wife Dr Purnima Shukla, Paediatric department in-charge Dr Kafeel Khan and Pandey.

Five other accused Dr Satish, Udai Pratap Sharma, Gajanad Jaiswal, Sanjay Tripathi and Manish Bhandari were still absconding.




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