Babies Die Allegedly Of Low Oxygen In Raipur Hospital, Drunk Staff Held

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Three children died on Sunday allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply at Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital in Chhattisgarh's Raipur city, an allegation refuted by the hospital authorities.

Chief Minister Raman Singh has ordered a probe into the death of the children, reported news agency ANI.

The incident comes only days after Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College Hospital made headlines because of the deaths of more than 70 children because of lack of oxygen.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested the oxygen cylinder operator. He also directed the senior officers of the Health Department to investigate into this matter as soon as possible.

Director of Health Services, R Prasanna told reporters that when the oxygen pressure dropped, on duty doctors raised an alarm and immediately remedied the situation.

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The hospital administration said the oxygen pressure dipped because the operator, Ravi Chandra, was heavily drunk and fell asleep.

He said, " Chief Minister's office immediately intervened, sorted the issue.

Sources in the hospital said the children died between 12.30am and 1.30am on Monday and that the oxygen pressure was low for 30 minutes, though it wasn't clear at what time of the day.

CM Singh expressed regret on the death of children in the hospital and assured that those responsible for this tragic event will not be spared.

Although the cause of the deaths is relatively apparent in the case of the children's deaths at the Raipur hospital.

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