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Now 61 children die in 3 days at Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College

Days after alleged disruption in oxygen supply resulted in deaths of over 30 children within 48 hours at Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College, 61 children have died there in the last 72 hours.

The latest deaths were due to various ailments, including encephalitis, health complexities in newborns, pneumonia, sepsis etc, whose patients have been flooding the hospital, leading to overcrowding.

On August 27, 28 and 29, 61 deaths were recorded at the hospital ? 11 in the encephalitis ward, 25 in neonatal intensive care unit (NNICU) and another 25 in the general pediatric ward.

Local doctors said the number of deaths will increase in the coming days due to heavy rainfall, floods and water-logging which foster the spread of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES).

Hindustan Times reports that BRD principal Dr P K Singh did not respond to repeated calls, but Dr R N Singh, a paediatrician, who has worked extensively in the field of encephalitis, said: "Insufficient homework was done to control the outspread of AES in January, and thereafter the entire machinery remained busy in the UP elections."

"Secondly, heavy monsoon also accounts for a large number of cases among children," Singh said, adding that measures like fogging to kill mosquitoes (JE host), de-silting, vaccination and chlorination of water were not done in time.