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54 dead, 400 hospitalised In 72 hours at UP’s Ballia hospital due to ‘extreme heat’

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At least 54 people have died at the Ballia district hospital in Uttar Pradesh in the last three days, The Indian Express reported on Sunday. Officials claimed these deaths happened due to different reasons amid the heatwave in the district.

As per records, reported by The Indian Express, on June 15, 154 people were admitted to the Ballia district hospital, and 23 died. On June 16, 137 people were admitted and 20 succumbed, while 11 deaths were reported on June 17.

The Uttar Pradesh government ordered a probe into the matter. A committee was formed headed by two director-level health department officials.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Superintendent Dr Diwakar Singh was removed from his post for “giving a careless statement on deaths caused by heatwave without having proper information”.

Singh had said, “All the deceased were old and had some ailment. Because of the heat, those diseases aggravated and they were brought in serious condition to the hospital and died during treatment and tests. This was despite all arrangements for medicines and treatment.”

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