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District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela said on Saturday the deaths of the children being treated for different ailments at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh state were due to natural causes.

Sixty children died between August 7 and 11 in BRD Hospital, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Twenty-three children had reportedly died on Thursday when the pressure of the liquid oxygen supply became low and 52 reserve oxygen cylinders were pressed into service.

"Deaths due to oxygen shortage would mean a despicable incident", said CM Yogi.

Officials in Uttar Pradesh state admitted the supply had been disrupted but said this did not cause the deaths. "This happened due to state government's carelessness", Azad told media persons outside the hospital.

The situation at Gorakhpur's BRD medical college where over 60 children, including infants died last week owing to alleged disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics and acute encephalitis wards, is normal, officials claimed on Monday even as the opposition continued to protest the deaths. He too denied any death due to shortfall of oxygen though 23 children died. An investigation has already been ordered into the matter.

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The copies of this letter were sent to Chief Minister Adityanath, state Health Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh, Director General Health Services and the Principal Secretary - Medical Education.

Meanwhile, the owner of a firm which supplied oxygen to the hospital said his contract had ended in March and was not renewed, as per agency reports.

Taking a swipe at the Uttar Pradesh health minister, the Congress leader tweeted, "UP Health Minister only seeks votes in Lal Bahadur Shastri ji's name -he doesn't follow Shastri ji's high morals in politics..."

According to the Newspaper,"The PM was more concerned about the forest fire in Portugal and how to welcome US President Donald Trump's daughter in India", he noted.Babbar said Congress would hit the streets over the tragedy but did not give any date for the stir.

Union Minister Patel present at the press conference said that the central government is ready to give full support to the state. However, the hospital staff did not confirm that the baby was dead. The Modi government stepped in to cool frayed tempers, announcing setting up a regional medical center at a cost of Rs 85 crore in Gorakhpur for conducting research on ailments that afflict children.


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