PM Modi 'constantly monitoring' situation in Gorakhpur

Baba Raghav Das Medical College

Baba Raghav Das Medical College

Opposition parties were raising the issue as the government was shying away from its responsibilities, he said.

Yesterday, District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela addressed a press conference and confirmed the death of 30 children in the last two days and seven deaths in the last 24 hours.

He and his Health Minister Siddharthnath Singh quoted figures of child deaths in August over a period of three years and after the BJP government came to power to claim that the deaths have occurred due to vector-borne diseases like Japanese Encephalitis highly prevalent in the region.

It is being said that oxygen supply was disrupted by the provider because of non-payment of dues worth Rs. 69 lakhs despite several reminders.

Dr Rajiv Mishra was suspended after reports that 30 children died in the hospital in 48 hours.

Rejecting charges of shortage of oxygen at the hospital, Singh said the oxygen was available and supplied through other means.

"MoS Health Anupriya Patel and the Union Health Secretary will take stock of the situation from Gorakhpur", the Prime Minister said in a statement.

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The former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav hit out at Yogi government over Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy and have demanded immediate action against the culprits. While reports alleged that the children had died after a shortage of oxygen supply to the hospital, the Bharatiya Janata Party chief minister linked the deaths to encephalitis.

However, denying the allegations, the ruling party has requested the opposition for not "politicising" the deaths. "Doctors are responsible for the incident", he said.

According to data procurred from the BRD hospital, in five days - from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths occurred in the hospital.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and UP Congress President Raj Babbar to visit Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur tomorrow, ANI reports. Hospital illegally charged 60 lakh rupees for the oxygen supply. The incident happened at Baba Raghav Das Medical College's Nehru Hospital in this eastern city of Uttar Pradesh.

"Deaths are not due to oxygen supply cut-off, no one can stop supply like this, we know consequences", said Meenu Walia, HR, Pushpa Gas agency.

Rautela said a magisterial investigation had been ordered into the deaths.

District official Anil Kumar recognized there was a "payment issue" with the supplier, but said the deaths could have been caused by "natural" causes as many patients were admitted in a "serious" condition.

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