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>> A candlelit gathering in India, on Monday, marking the loss of dozens of young lives. The deaths of more than 60 children, in an Uttar Pradesh hospital in recent days, continuing to raise questions after officials pointed the finger at unpaid bills, which led to the hospital's medical oxygen supply being cut off.
Reuters' Manoj Kumar is covering the story from New Delhi.>> This is a great example of what ails public hospitals in India, which spends less than 1% of its GDP on public health. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, with a population of more than 230 million, which has been ran by the most corrupt and inefficient politicians, the state of public health is really, really pathetic.
The doctor's associations have alleged that the State Administration has made doctors a scapegoat while accusing it of gross neglect of public health.>> Hospital officials deny a lack of oxygen caused the deaths, blaming many of them on encephalitis, which claims the lives of hundreds of Indians each year, particularly during monsoon season.
The incident has lead to the suspension of the hospital's chief, who accuses officials of not answering his requests for money. But the state's chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, insists all requests for funds were met. He visited the hospital on Sunday saying an investigation was underway on the tragedy, and those found guilty will not be spared.
>> Prime Minister Modi has also assured to look into the issue. However, it is not certain whether things will improve or not.>> Opposition parties have stepped up the pressure on the state government, demanding Adityanath step down, and accusing the government of murder.