49 babies died in a month at a government hospital in Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh, it has emerged just days after the child deaths at a hospital in Gorakhpur last month. Grieving parents have blamed a shortage of medicine and oxygen, in a tragic replay of the Gorakhpur deaths. The state government, however, emphatically denied it today. 19 of the children who died at the Ram Manohar Lohia district hospital were still-born, say officials. The deaths took place between July 20 and August 21, when there were over 460 deliveries in the hospital. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office stepped in and asked for an inquiry last evening after the local media attributed the deaths to an oxygen shortage like in Gorakhpur, his home base. “Oxygen is not an issue in the entire episode. I think, of late, we are generating undue sensitivity to oxygen. It has become more of a buzzword,” said Prashant Trivedi, UP’s Principal Secretary, Health. “No death took place due to lack of oxygen. The matter should not be blown out of proportion,” insisted another official, Awanish Awasthi.