Gorakhpur deaths: Medical College principal suspended, Yogi attacks media

Gorakhpur deaths: Medical College principal suspended, Yogi attacks media

In April, Adityanath government claimed that they have started working on setting up six AIIMS and 25 new medical colleges in UP. The children who died were admitted in three wards at the hospital.

Nearly, thirty children lost their lives in the past 48 hours reportedly due to infections and disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward in the hospital, although the district administration have rejected that latter as a reason for deaths. "A final picture will be clear after a report on it comes." and he then he dismissed the report saying that shortage of oxygen killed the children.

The Chief Minister also said, "We have constituted a committee to be lead by chief secretary to enquire the role of oxygen supplier in the incident".

In a tragic incident at Baba Raghav Das Medical College, Gorakhpur 30 children have lost their lives due to shortage of oxygen.

A statement issued by the state Information Department late evening categorically denied reports shown by "some TV channels as misleading". "Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh should immediately resign from their post".


The HT report suggested that the 3,000-odd deaths are among 50,000 children killed in eastern Uttar Pradesh over the past three decades, a lot of them due to Japanese encephalitis (JE) and acute encephalitis syndrome (AES).

Congress president Sonia Gandhi while reacting to the tragedy on Saturday urged the UP government to take immediate cognisance of the crime and bring the persons responsible for this neglect to book. An action will be taken after a due report is taken out. While it is a practice that till new tender formalities are not completed, the supplier is asked to continue as a stop gap arrangement, in this case it was not done, he said. "The government needs to tackle it with a rigorous campaign", said R. N. Singh, a medical doctor who has been leading the fight against the disease in Gorakhpur district.

Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi azad and others visited the hospital and demanded the resignation of UP's health minister.

The parents said the company that supplies oxygen to the hospital had earlier threatened to stop the distribution of oxygen unless the government paid its long-overdue bills. The incident happened at Baba Raghav Das Medical College's Nehru Hospital in this eastern city of Uttar Pradesh.

According to data procurred from the BRD hospital, in past five days - from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths have occurred in the hospital. It had also issued a magisterial probe to investigate the cause.

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