UP govt announces inquiry
into Gorakhpur hospital tragedy; Principal of BRD Medical College
13 Aug. 2017
Uttar Pradesh, BRD Medial college Hospital Principal Dr Rajiv Misra has
been suspended in the tragic death of children at the hospital for his
alleged negligence in the duty. Medical Education
State Minister of Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon Gopal has announced it
at Gorakhpur after taking stock of the situation at Gorakhpur.
Mr Tandon also said that a high level Committee under chairmanship of
Chief Secretary of the State Rajeev Kumar has been set up to probe into
the tragic incident.
Mr Tandon also said that actions will be taken on the report of the higher
level committee. He said that supply of life saving item of oxygen should
not be stopped and it is a serious matter.
Earlier Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh and Mr Tandon along with
senior officials of the department reached Gorakhpur this morning to take
stock of the situation at Hospital where 60 deaths of children are
reported since August 7.
Talking to media persons after meeting with the officials of the districts
and family members of the victims Health Minister and spokesperson of the
State Government Sidharth Nath Singh said that no causality have been
taken place due to paucity of the oxygen.
Health minister has said that the Chief Minister was not informed by the
doctors and officials about shortage of oxygen neither on 9th July nor 9th
August during his visits to the Hospital.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also said that cause of deaths of
children is acute encephalitis not paucity of oxygen. Addressing a
function at Allahabad Mr Yogi said that only cleanliness drive can check
the deaths of children.
A delegation of Congress leaders under leadership of leader of opposition
in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad has also visited the hospital and met the
President of Samajwadi Party and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has
also send a probe team of party legislature to Gorakhpur to investigate
Congress President Sonia Gandhi
Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi has expressed deep shock at the
tragic death of 30 ailing children in BRD Hospital, Gorakhpur (Uttar
Pradesh) due to alleged shortage of oxygen. Pained beyond words by this
humongous tragedy, Smt Gandhi said that her heart goes out to the families
of the innocent children who fell prey to gross negligence and
incorrigible misconduct on the part of the authorities. Smt. Gandhi urged
the Uttar Pradesh Govt to take immediate cognisance of the crime &
culprits and said that the persons responsible for this neglect must be
brought to book.Smt. Gandhi called upon the Pradesh Congress and Congress
workers to provide relief to the families of the victims.