Public health

Tale of neglect

Print edition : September 15, 2017

A man with a dead child outside the BRD Medical College Hospital on August 12. Photo: SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP

Dr Kafeel Khan consoling a mother mourning the death of her child at the hospital. The doctor, who arranged for oxygen cylinders with the help of friends and relatives, was removed as the nodal officer for the Department of Paediatrics a day after the tragedy. Photo: AFP

A child being treated at the encephalitis ward on August 14. Photo: SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP

Anxious parents outside the encephalitis ward on August 14. Photo: SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP

A room where oxygen cylinders are stored in the hospital, on August 13. Photo: CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS

The death of nearly 60 children in Gorakhpur because of the unavailability of oxygen can be directly attributed to the larger issue of drastic reduction in budgetary allocations for and the gross neglect of the public health system.
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