Gorakhpur Tragedy: CM Yogi promises strict action against guilty officials

Just a handful of days after a deadly tragedy in a Gorakhpur hospital, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the state police to celebrate Janmashtami in a grand way. He said, "I brought my five-year-old baby Khushi to the BRD Hospital on August 10".

Twenty-three children had reportedly died on Thursday when the pressure of the liquid oxygen supply became low and 52 reserve oxygen cylinders were pressed into service. "Earlier also, it has come across several instances of deaths in the hospitals due to Japanese Encephalitis", the NHRC said.

Shergill said the hands of the Uttar Pradesh government were bloodied with the deaths. CM said that the Union Minister's Minister, Anupriya Patel will go to Gorakhpur on Sunday.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who visited Baba Raghav Das Medical College in eastern Uttar Pradesh, along with party colleagues, expressed deep anguish over the death of 30 children, allegedly due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen, in a span of 48 hours.

The hospital has reported that most of the deaths from a lack of oxygen occurred in its neonatal and encephalitis wards. A probe committee has been formed under the leadership of the Chief Secretary to investigate the matter.

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. Stating that the dealer claimed that his dues were cleared only on August 11, Tandon said, "Why was there a delay in payment, why the supply of oxygen was stopped -these aspects will be probed by the panel".

Firing salvos at the BJP-led government in the state, the Congress leader asked, "Why was no case registered against the hospital officials and why has not the Health Minister been sacked yet?"

Parmatma Gautam, whose one-month-old nephew, Roshan, died, said the hospital and authorities were trying to cover up their failure to pay their bills on time.

"We demand an independent probe, under the supervision of a Supreme Court judge", he said. Nadda announced that the Centre has approved Rs 85 crore for setting up a central virology research centre in Gorakhpur.

Contrary to this, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yesterday outrightly blamed the principal for laxity in performing his duty.

  • Jacqueline Ellis