Gorakhpur: More than sixty children including new borns and infants have died in last 48 hours at Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital run by the Uttar Pradesh State government. Pushpa Sales said the hospital paid up Rs 20.84 lakh out of the Rs 67-lakh bill soon after the children’s deaths were reported. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.
Dr. KK Gupta the state’s director general of medical education denies the report which says that the oxygen supply was stopped.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya today said the guilty will not be spared.
The tragedy has also set off a war of words between the various political parties.
On the orders of Chief Minister Yogi Aadityanath, Health minister Sidharth Narayan Singh and Medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon have rushed to Gorakhpur to take stock of the situation and take remedial measures. According to reports, nine children died on Wednesday (9 August) and on Thursday 23 children died in the neonatal ward, where premature newborns are kept.
Earlier in the day, Anupriya Patel, MoS Health & Family Welfare said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the tragic accident in Gorakhpur hospital that has claimed 63 lives so far.
He added that the deaths “could be (due to) natural (causes), as many patients admitted at the hospital are serious”. The former state chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati demanded the resignation of the state health minister Sidharth Nath Singh.
At least 60 children have died over five days at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages, officials said on Saturday amid fears the toll could rise. He said a probe, led by the chief secretary, had also been ordered. Who so ever is found guilty will not be spared, so that no such incident happens in future.
The state government had yesterday suspended the BRD college principal “owing to laxity”.
The government said funds for oxygen were not released by the hospital administration till August 11, even though it was cleared by August 7.
The Congress leader further informed that the suppliers who provide liquid oxygen were not given payment on time.