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    ...Two doctors at the state-run BRD hospital were held responsible and removed by the Uttar Pradesh government. In its defence, the state government has been quoting statistics to prove that there has been a pattern of child deaths in Gorakhpur in August especially due to the long-standing problem of encephalitis – and, by implication, that it cannot be held responsible with just five months in power. While the callous corruption of these two doctors may have been the immediate cause of child deaths in this particular case, who do we hold responsible for the systematic pattern of child deaths in Gorakhpur, or in UP and the country at large? India has been the world’s largest contributor to all levels of child deaths since 1953 – the first year for which we have Indian data available. Starting out with nearly 4.7 million deaths a year under the age of five years (U5), it took us almost three decades to bring them down to 4 million a year. Between 1969 and 1979 China reduced U5 deaths by 2.4 million, the highest in a decade in any country in recorded history. ...

    TOI on Aug. 17, 2017, 2 a.m.