At least 54 people have died and 400 have been hospitalized in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia. In the last three days amid rising temperatures. in the district, with officials giving. Differing explanations for the deaths.
23 patients died on June 15, 20 the next day and 11 yesterday.
While government doctors posted in eastern Uttar Pradesh districts have gone on. Record as saying the deaths could be linked to the heat wave, a senior government. Doctor in Lucknow – in charge of the inquiry committee formed to look into. The matter – today dismissed heat as the cause.
“, these do not appear to be heat wave related deaths. As neighboring districts facing similar conditions are not throwing similar death statistics. Initial symptoms were chest pain which is not the first symptom. For someone suffering from heat wave.” A senior government doctor AK Singh said.
He also claimed that the deaths could be water-related.
“It will be investigated whether the death was due to water or any other reason. The climate department will also come to test the water samples,” he said.
Earlier in the day, a chief medical superintendent. -Rank doctor posted in Ballia was removed from his post. After his on-record statement that many deaths were due to heatstroke went viral. Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Brajesh Pathak said. “He has been removed for making careless. Statements about heatwave deaths without proper data.”
The death has sparked outrage from the opposition, with Samajwadi. Party chief Akhilesh Yadav blaming the state government for the death.
“So many people lost their lives across UP due to carelessness of the state government. They should have warned people about the heat wave. Not a single district hospital has been built in UP in the last 6 years. Those who lost their lives. They are poor farmers because they did not get food, medicine and treatment on time,” He said.
Brajesh Pathak said the government has taken serious note of the Ballia incident. And he is monitoring the situation there.
A sudden increase in deaths and admissions of patients with fever, breathing problems. And other problems has overwhelmed the hospital, alerting its staff.
District hospitals are so overcrowded that patients. Are unable to get stretchers, and many. Attendants carry their patients to the emergency ward on their shoulders. The More Health Director, but, claimed that it is difficult if ten patients. Come at the same time, but they have stretchers.