February 22, 2018

Gorakhpur hospital chief suspended over children's deaths

12 August 2017, 11:55 | Lena Norman

A total number of 60 deaths have occurred in the past 5 days at Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital

A total number of 60 deaths have occurred in the past 5 days at Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital

Following the furore over multitudes of deaths at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College's hospital in a span of few days allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply, the principal of the college has been suspended from his duties. In April, Adityanath government claimed that they have started working on setting up six AIIMS and 25 new medical colleges in UP.

Yesterday, District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela addressed a press conference and confirmed the death of 30 children in the last two days and seven deaths in the last 24 hours.

An Indian child patient receives medical treament for Japanese Encephalitis at Gaya Medical College in Gaya on September 14, 2015.

Though the deaths coincided with a disruption in the hospital's oxygen supply Thursday, the province's government has denied a connection and said the children died of "various medical reasons and illnesses". However, he said the principal had told him that for emergency use, alternative arrangements have been made.

As many as 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital, reported ANI today.

Rejecting charges of shortage of oxygen at the hospital, Singh said the oxygen was available and supplied through other means. "Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh should immediately resign from their post".

Summary: "Whosoever is found guilty in the tragic and painful incident at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur will certainly face stringent action", deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters.

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Ace cricket veteran, Virender Sehwag, expressed grief over recent children's deaths due to encephalitis in Gorakhpur.

"The opposition is not indulging in politics but there is a difference between what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) says and what it does", Akhilesh said.

Similarly, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who led a delegation to the hospital earlier, asserted that the Uttar Pradesh Government should apologize to the whole nation in regard to the same.

Opposition Congress Party state chief Raj Babbar said that the horrific incident shows the "insensitivity of the state government". Strick action is now taken in every hospital. It had also issued a magisterial probe to investigate the cause.

According to the sources, technicians had informed hospital authorities about the shortage of oxygen but it fell on deaf ears. Immediate action has been demanded by her against all those responsible for the bad incident.

As for the cause of death in the hospital, Mishra said they were awaiting inquiry report from the state government.

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