Gorakhpur hospital ignored warnings on oxygen supply (By The Hindu)

1. While the Uttar Pradesh government has initiated a probe to ascertain if the shortage of oxygen led to the deaths of 60 children undergoing treatment at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur since August 7, there is enough evidence to show that the hospital and State administration ignored reminders and requests by the private firm that supplied oxygen for payment of outstanding dues.

2. While the hospital was initially in denial mode about the shortage of liquid oxygen, sources said it had already started scrambling for alternate supply of gas from other firms on August 10, even as it continued to ignore payment requests from Pushpa Private Limited.

3. U. P. health minister Sidharthnath Singh said the supply of gas cylinders was restored at 1:30 a. m. (August 1) and the supply of gas cylinders has been continuous since and is in being made available in sufficient numbers.

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