Gorakhpur deaths: Medical College principal suspended, Yogi attacks media

Aaron Brown
August 13, 2017

As many as 30 children have died due to encephalitis in a span of just 48 hours at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's constituency Gorakhpur.

"The Chief Minister should take moral responsibility and step down and so must the health minister Siddharth Nath Signh and Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon", he said.

Rajeev Rautela, Gorakhpur District Magistrate denies that the incident was caused due to lack of oxygen supply. Rautela, who has been camping in the medical college since Friday night, said he found out from doctors that no deaths occurred due to lack of oxygen. "AMBU (Artificial Manual Breathing Unit) bags were used to supply oxygen to the patients after cylinders too ran out of supply, " he added.Singh said a high-level committee, to be headed by the state chief secretary, had been formed to probe the matter. He also asked the Opposition not to politicise the deaths.

The opposition has cornered the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government in the state demanding resignation from of Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on the moral grounds following the tragedy that has exposed the apathy of the failed medical system.

As is being alleged, disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward led to the tragic mishap where several mother's witnessed the last breath of their children.

Earlier, PMO said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is constantly monitoring the situation and is in touch with central and state authorities, PTI reported.

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The hospital, in a statement, said there had been a "drop in pressure in the supply of liquid oxygen" on Thursday, but added cylinders were procured from various other suppliers.

An Indian child patient receives medical treament for Japanese Encephalitis at Gaya Medical College in Gaya on September 14, 2015. What is shocking to know is that the oxygen supply department in the hospital had already warned about shortage. On August 9, the CM had himself visited the hospital for inspection.

"Kins of the deceased were shooed away after handing over dead bodies to them", he said.

According to a report on a leading news channel, Lucknow office of Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd has been raided by police. "The BRD Medical College is the biggest in Purvanchal, and six-seven deaths a day are normal during the peak encephalitis season, when the casualty rates are normally high".

A hospital in India has been accused of failing to provide enough oxygen after 60 children died on its wards in five days.

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