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Gorakhpur deaths: Adityanath, Union Health Minister JP Nadda to visit hospital today

A relative of a child who died at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur

The action was taken following report submitted to chief minister Yogi Adityanath by state health minister Siddhartha Nath Singh and state medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon, who visited the hospital earlier in the day, on his instruction. 11 children died on Saturday and until Friday the death toll stood at 60.

Indian media said 30 children died on Thursday and Friday after oxygen supply was disrupted in wards housing the sick, allegedly because the suppliers' bills were not paid. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.

"The Chief Minister was not informed by the doctors and officials about shortage of oxygen neither on July 9 nor on August 9", Singh said in Lucknow before leaving for Gorakhpur.

The Congress also alleged that the Adityanath government was running an "operation cover-up" in an attempt to bury the truth.

Launched a scathing attack at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led- Government over Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Babbar asked "What will you investigate as the latter has already gave verdict that the deaths were not due to lack of oxygen". After inaugurating a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit and a six-bed Critical Care Unit, he had visited a ward meant for children with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.

The hospital is the largest in Gorakhpur district, which for years has been the parliamentary constituency of the state's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

All of them died in the last 48 hours. If someone else is found guilty then there is no question of sparing him too. Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was concerned about the incident and assured all cooperation to UP in health sector.

"The State government has realized that a probe in the matter is necessary".

The hospital had defaulted on the payment for oxygen as a result of which the firm sending the cylinders had stopped supply.

Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela said that the cause of the deaths at the BRD Hospital was the disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen and further appealed to the suppliers to not cut the supply henceforth.

The Health Minister also presented a data mentioning about the deaths which had occurred in the month of August in 2014, 2015, and 2016.