Gorakhpur tragedy has not even passed and an allegedly similar accident took place in Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur on Sunday night. Three newborns undergoing treatment at the government-run B R Ambedkar Hospital died after an alleged drop in oxygen pressure during its supply to the special care unit.

According to the regional NDTV report, the oxygen pressure dipped because the operator was drunk and fell asleep. The supply of oxygen to the children stopped, which led to the death of three kids who were in a critical state.

“Yesterday there was a drop in oxygen pressure, there was no cut in oxygen supply. CMO and Superintendent immediately intervened, sorted the issue. Death of children are due to illness, information will be shared shortly,” Director of Health Services, R Prasanna said.

Meanwhile, the state health department has ordered an investigation and Chief Minister Raman Singh has expressed regret over the deaths. “No one responsible for this tragic incident will be spared,” the chief minister said.

Among the victims was a five-day-old baby who had a hole in his heart. The boy’s father, Prakash Vishwakarma, a resident of Balaghat, said his child has had a heart condition for long.

Whereas in Gorakhpur, Adityanath’s response has left much to be desired. He seemed to accept denials by state officials that they’d sat on the authorization to pay the oxygen supplier; instead, the hospital’s principal was held accountable. More surprisingly, so was a doctor who’d been the hero of the initial reports because he had wandered the town commandeering extra oxygen cylinders when the piped supply had run out. (This attracted particular attention because the doctor happened to be Muslim, and Adityanath does not have a reputation for religious tolerance.) And, finally, the small company that had been granted the oxygen contract—which had not been paid an outstanding bill of millions of rupees for months—found itself the subject of a police investigation.



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