Deaths Of Children At Gorakhpur Hospital Rocks Uttar Pradesh

All in all 63 children passed away in Baba Raghavadas Government Medical College Hospital till Saturday due to the lack of oxygen. The issue is rocking the State with public and political parties criticising the government for its negligence.

Gorakhpur:  The state of Uttar Pradesh is shivering with the deaths of their toddlers in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghava Das Government Medical College Hospital, as the number of deaths rose to 63 on Saturday. 

Though the children died due to lack of oxygen in the hospital, the doctors are giving lame reasons for their deaths. This led to a political storm in the state and across the country, and the government has come under severe criticism from opposition parties and public alike.  

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked two of his ministers, including the state health  minister to visit the city and submit a report.

UP ministers Ashutosh Tandon and Siddharth Nath Singh hold a meeting with BRD Medical College authorities.

The Union Health Minister JP Nadda directed MoS Health and Family Welfare Minister Anupriya Patel to visit Gorakhpur.

What really happened?

Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital is the biggest hospital in Gorakhpur, which was represented by UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Poor people from the district and the surrounding places come to this hospital for treatment. The contract for supplying oxygen was given to a private firm. The payments were not made on time and they piled up to an amount of 70 lakhs. Though the firm appealed to the officials many times, there was no response. With this, the firm stopped the supply of oxygen from August 9. The deaths of children started then and rose to 63 by Saturday.

Meanwhile, opposition leader in UP Assembly and former chief minister said that government trying to run away from responsibilities, and that is why they are saying that opposition is politicising the issue.

However, the liquid oxygen supply firm Pushpa Sales Pvt Limited denied that the deaths are due to lack of oxygen and the owner is absconding.

A Congress delegation, including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar, rushed to BRD Medical College in 

“Proper investigation is to be done and quick action needs to be taken. It is a serious issue and the Opposition should not politicise the issue,” State Health Minister Siddharth Nath said.

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