Gorakhpur Hospital: Doctors delay announcing the death of baby

Yogi Adityanath

This indicates towards gross callousness on part of the hospital administration and the Medical Education and Health Department of the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Several reports - including the original report of the district magistrate - said the hospital was facing an acute shortage of oxygen which led to the sudden spike in the number of deaths.

Expressing anguish at the deaths of children, he said while there should be no politics on the issue, but action should be expedited against the guilty and the state government should try to get to the bottom of the tragedy.

A team of specialists from the federal health ministry was sent to the hospital on Saturday to verify what caused the deaths.

According to data procured from Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital, in five days - from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 children died in the hospital allegedly due to the unavailability of liquid oxygen cylinders. The PMO also sought a report on the matter.

UP CM Yogi has said that he is personally monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur, his own constituency, and has also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the incident.

The parents said the company that supplies oxygen to the hospital had earlier threatened to stop oxygen distribution unless the government paid their long overdue bills.

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However, the Uttar Pradesh government denied the charge, saying alternative arrangements for oxygen supply were immediately made and patients died due to other medical reasons.

The suspended principal of the medical college Rajiv Mishra claimed that he had received the money on August 8 but it could not be released owing to his preoccupation following chief minister Yogi Adityanath's visit to the medical college on August nine. It now transpires that there were nine deaths of children in the hospital that day but he was not told of it.

"We demand an independent probe, under the supervision of a Supreme Court judge", he said.

While most officials refused to entertain queries from the media about the casualties in the last 24 hours, sources in the state-run hospital said things were "better, improved and under control".

Talking to media persons Mr Nadda announced that a regional medical research Centre will be established at Gorakhpur.

Further slamming the opposition and critiques for politicizing the issue, Adityanath said, "Those whose sensitivity has died are now trying to add salt to the wound by raising the sensitive issue unnecessarily".

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