Around 200 Christian priests, nuns and social activists, walked with banners and lit candles along a noteworthy New Delhi road on Aug. 16 challenging “negligence” that caused the death of more than 60 children in the hospital.
“Sad, that many precious lives were lost due to negligence of some people,” said Father Mathew Perumpil, secretary of the Catholic bishops’ office of health.
The deaths occurred at Baba Raghav Das hospital in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh state in the midst of reports of corruption and charges that the hospital ran out of medical supplies including oxygen because of unpaid bills.
The deaths were reported between Aug. 7-14, and most happened in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Moreover Doctor’s facilities told media that encephalitis, and not lack of oxygen, was the reason for the deaths.
The deaths stunned the nation as local media have continued to report about irregularities and default of bills, accusing hospital officials of corruption. But the government insisted that deaths were caused by encephalitis.