NHRC Issues Notice To UP Government Over Deaths Of Infants At Gorakhpur Hospital

The National Commission responded immediately after the Supreme Court refused to take suo motu cognizance of the death of infants at BRD Medical College Hospital.

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission sought a detailed report on deaths of children at BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, from the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday.

The NHRC issued a notice to the state government through its chief secretary. It also asked the government to give details of the steps taken for the relief and rehabilitation of victim families, along with the action taken against the guilty officers within four weeks.

The NHRC responded immediately after the Supreme Court on Monday refused to take suo motu cognizance of the deaths of around 70 children.

Observing that the deaths amount to serious violation of right to life and health of the victims, it said that it only points out the gross cruelty on part of the hospital administration and the Medical Education and Health Department of the government of Uttar Pradesh.

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The NHRC discussed the tragic incident caused due to Japanese Encephalitis with the chief secretary and other state government senior officers, during its recently concluded Open Hearing and Camp Sitting at Lucknow, held from August 9 to 11, 2017.

In spite of the assurances of state administration, nothing has really changed. Earlier too, there were reports of several deaths in hospitals, as well as due to Japanese Encephalitis.

Around 60 children have reportedly dead at BRD Medical College Hospital, allegedly due to bad medical infrastructure. While 641 children died last year, 491 passed away in 2015.

According to reports, Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome claimed over 50,000 lives in Eastern Uttar Pradesh in the last three decades.

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