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CM Raman Singh ordered an investigation and has assured that those responsible for this tragic event will not be spared

While the row over Gorakhpur tragedy is still raging, three newborns undergoing treatment at the government run Bhim Rao Ambedkar Hospital in Raipur died on Sunday after an alleged drop in oxygen pressure during its supply to the special care unit.

According to a report, the operator Ravi Chandra, who was in-charge of the oxygen supply did not release the gas in the emergency and nursing wards  and was found in an inebriated state during the duty. Chandra has been suspended by the hospital authorities and was later arrested by the local police.

However, speaking to the media, Director of Health Services, R Prasanna said that when the oxygen pressure dropped, on duty doctors raised an alarm and immediately remedied the situation.

“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 is due to illness,”said Prasanna.

“Three children, who were on ventilators in the special newborn care unit, died yesterday due to different reasons. These deaths have no connection with the so-called disruption of oxygen supply,” said Health Secretary Subrat Sahoo.

“Of them, one child had died at 12.30 pm yesterday due to low birth weight and other complications, while another died at around 1.30 pm due to respiratory failure and heart- related issues,”Sahoo said.

“The third child died at 10 pm due to respiratory failure and other problems,” Sahoo added.

Expressing the regret, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday ordered an investigation into the deaths and has also assured the families of the children  that those responsible for this tragic event will not be spared.

The CM  has also directed the senior officials of the Health Department to investigate into this matter as soon as possible.

Taking a jibe at CM Raman Singh, Congress spokesperson Gyanesh Sharma said, “The government is trying to cover up the death of the children due to disruption in oxygen supply.” He has also demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter.

This incident comes days after 72 children in state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur died  because of the lack of liquid oxygen. An inquiry report by District Magistrate (DM)  Rajeev Rautela has blamed the absence of doctors and Pushpa Sales, the firm that supplied oxygen to the hospital.

The DM, said in his report that the firm should not have cut off supply due to non-payment of bills since it was in the business of saving lives.

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