Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Gorakhpur hospital chief suspended over children's deaths

Gorakhpur hospital chief suspended over children's deaths

The 60 deaths have taken place over a course of six days, which has severely dented the image of the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday dispatched two Cabinet Ministers to the hospital.

The Health Minister also presented a data mentioning about the deaths which had occurred in the month of August in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

"The letter was forwarded to the DGs (director general, medical education) office".

The minister presented a breakup of all casualties since 7 August. At the same time, the lack of oxygen has declared the news of these deaths as baseless.

Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela had said yesterday that at least 30 children died in the state-run medical college within 48 hours since August 10.

In a statement, the hospital said "the pressure of the liquid oxygen supply became low" and that reserve cylinders were arranged, but did not specify whether that had resulted in any deaths and why so many children had died in just two days.

According to the authorities in BRD Medical College, Pushpa Sales facilitates the oxygen supply to the hospital.

Both the parties have chose to send teams to Gorakhpur to make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

They said patients' families were given self-inflating bags to help the children breathe. "The government is trying to run away from responsibilities", he said. "The role of oxygen gas supplier who was allocated the job during the previous government will also be investigated".

Media reports state that the incident happened due to a payment dispute between the hospital and the oxygen supplier.

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday expressed her deep shock at the tragic death of children.

The SP sent a delegation of leaders under Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary to Gorakhpur. As child after child began collapsing, the hospital initiated a transaction of Rs 22 lakh but it was too late. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central and state governments. Immediate action has been demanded by her against all those responsible for the very bad incident.

Singh is grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. The Congress today also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

"The shortage of oxygen was not highlighted".

Principal of the Baba Raghav Das Medical College RK Mishra was suspended for alleged negligence and callousness. Strick action is now taken in every hospital.

"Encephalitis has been there since 1978 and if infants from eastern Uttar Pradesh are suffering from it then it's due to lack of hygiene and open defecation", said the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

"On the basis of the probe report, appropriate action will be taken", he maintained.

"I have supplied 200 cylinders after the request made by officials", he added.

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