Three infants die after drunken hospital employee fails to monitor oxygen supply

Chhattisgarh 3 children die due to drop in oxygen pressure CM orders probe

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. PTI file

Expressing sadness over the deaths, Dr Singh has said, guilty won't be spared.

Reports said an employee of the hospital was meant to monitor oxygen supply but was allegedly drunk during duty hours.

The incident occurred a week after over 60 children die allegeldy due to lack of oxygen cylinders at Gorakhpur's BRD hospital in Uttar Pradeesh.

Sahoo stated that oxygen supply was not at all disrupted and the reservoir's volume level was restored to normal range within 15 minutes after the drop was noticed. There are also concerns that the death toll could go up as the oxygen levels had impacted more sections of the neo-natal and paediatric wards at the hospital.

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The employee has been arrested by police.

According to reports, the operator Ravi Chandra at the Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital was heavily drunk and fell asleep resulting in the oxygen supply to 10 children getting stopped. However, talking to TOI, the spokesperson's of Ambedkar hospital has denied the death of any children due to disruptive oxygen supply. The boy's father, Prakash Vishwakarma, a resident of Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh, said his child had a hole in his heart. The Congress also demanded removal of state Health Minister Ajay Chandrakar over the incident.

Baghel and other party leaders visited the hospital today. I have asked the health director to immediately look into it. He took immediate action against the drunken staff member who is responsible for this incident. However, the BJP-led State government refuted the allegations. "It seems the state government was waiting for this unfortunate incident", Baghel added.

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