Congress seeks UP CM Yogi Adityanath's apology over Gorakhpur deaths

Faith Castro
August 12, 2017

District Magistrate Rajiv Routale said in the last two days, 17 children died in Neo Natal Ward, whereas in acute encephalitis syndrome i.e. five in AES ward and eight children died in General Ward. What followed was complete chaos as panic-stricken relatives of patients ran for help, and with the support of hospital staff tried to maintain supply of oxygen. using artificial manual breathing bags. According to ANI, Rautela said, "Supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted yesterday due to pending payment".

The local government in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has set up a committee to ascertain the lapses that have caused the deaths of 60 children at a medical college hospital, officials said Saturday.

A statement issued by the state Information Department late evening categorically denied reports shown by "some TV channels as misleading".

Sources claim that there was some problem in the oxygen supply line on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, creating a scare in the hospital.

"All the reports that have come in the media, even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is upset with them", Yogi said, adding that PM Modi said that the Centre Government will provide whatever aids the Uttar Pradesh government needs to strengthen the health sector. "Quick action will be taken against the ones responsible for this, as it is a very serious issue", Siddharth Nath said after meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here.

As many as 30 children lost their lives due to encephalitis in last 48 hours at Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital. The company in question - Pushpa Sales - is believed to have cut oxygen supplies previous year as well when the outstanding touched almost Rs 50 lakh.

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The government has reiterated that those found guilty in the tragic death of children will face stringent action.

Party representatives led by Gulab Nabi Azad, former Union Health Minister, had visited the hospital. This comes at a time the ruling BJP government is looking to revamp the healthcare system in the state. It also assured a magisterial inquiry into the incident has been ordered by the District Magistrate and the report will be out in 24 hours.

"Deaths are not due to oxygen supply cut-off, no one can stop supply like this, we know consequences", said Meenu Walia, HR, Pushpa Gas agency.

What did the state government say?

The Chief Minister said that he himself had visited the BRD medical college on July 9 and August 9 to himself look at the situation but was not informed of any shortage, including of oxygen.

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