Child deaths at Indian hospital reach 60

A woman carries a child at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, India, where 60 children have died in the past week. (EPA Photo)

MUMBAI: Sixty children have died at a hospital in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh this week, with some reports blaming many of the deaths on a lack of oxygen supplies arsing from a dispute over payments to the supplier.

The BRD Medical College said 34 were babies had died in the neo-natal intensive care unit, while 12 had died because of encephalitis, outbreaks of which are common during the monsoon season. The rest died of other unspecified causes.

Local media reports have said some of the deaths resulted from an oxygen shortage after a private supplier withdrew its equipment over unpaid hospital dues.

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