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Gorakhphur doctor cleared, two years on

Gorakhpur doctor Dr Kafeel Khan, the physician at the heart of the tragedy at the BRD Medical College, has been cleared of all wrongdoing in the incident more than two years after the event.  In August 2017, the Baba Raghav Des (BRD) Medical College in the Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh witnessed more than 300 […]

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Supreme Court intervenes in Bihar child deaths

The deaths of more than 100 children due to an outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar has come under the scanner of the Supreme Court. The tragedy has sparked national outrage and arrested international headlines. As the death toll passed 150 over the weekend, the Chief Judicial Magistrate of the Muzaffarpur district (where most

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After Gorakhpur tragedy, doctors calls for inquiry

This August will mark the second anniversary of the Gorakhpur tragedy, where more than 325 children died in the space of a month at a government-run hospital in the Uttar Pradesh city. This included the deaths of thirty children in a 48-hour period at the beginning of the month. Now, one of the doctors who

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The legacy of Gorakhpur: Suspicion of child healthcare

The Gorakhpur tragedy has produced an atmosphere of suspicion across Indian healthcare. A number of other hospitals in several states are now under investigation, with scrutiny over cases similar to Gorakhpur, where numerous children have died in a short space of time. Media speculation is rife over who or what is to blame, with causes

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Medical oxygen sees tax increase

In the wake of the Gorakpur tragedy, it has been revealed that medical oxygen has seen a tax increase. Medical oxygen has seen its tax rate rise to 18 percent under the recently updated Goods and Services Tax (GST) which fixed the cost of most life saving medicines at a lower rate of five percent tax.

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Encephalitis: The disease behind the Gorakhpur tragedy

The tragedy in Gorakhpur, in which more than 60 children aged 12 and below died over the course of 5 days has received international media attention. There are calls for the resignation of many of those deemed responsible. Oxygen supplies dwindled because the supplier company was not paid, according to reports.  This led to the

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