Gorakhpur deaths: Cong attacks Yogi govt

A child at encephalitis ward. Image Courtesy ANI  Twitter

A child at encephalitis ward. Image Courtesy ANI Twitter

Reports have said some of the deaths were caused due to an oxygen shortage after a private supplier withdrew its equipment over unpaid hospital dues. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.

According to the reports, the medical college consists of Liquid Oxygen plant installed two years back.

Referring to the letter of the oxygen vendor that supply will be stopped, the chief minister said funds were released from the government on August 5 itself and the principal should have made immediate payment.

On the other hand, the Opposition hit out at state government branded the suspension as "eyewash", and demanded that an all-party delegation should look into the matter.

"Families of the dead were sent off with the bodies, they did not even do autopsies. extremely unfortunate", former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav alleged in a tweet.

Dr R K Mishra, principal of the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, for delaying payment to the oxygen supplier, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday announced his suspension.

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The state's health minister suspended the hospital's top official, holding him accountable for the oxygen supply until the completion of a formal investigation. The hospital has reportedly treated almost 370 cases in the past two months, of which 129 have resulted in deaths.

Rautela, who was camping in the hospital, however, denied that the casualties were due to a shortage in oxygen supply.

State health minister Siddharth Nath Singh and minister for technical and medical education Ashutosh Tandon will meet chief minister Yogi Adityanath today in the wake of the incident. He also said that the role of the oxygen supply firm will also be examined. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who visited the hospital, along with party colleagues, expressed deep anguish over the deaths. His resignation was confirmed by the state health minister.

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.

Among ailments, Japanese encephalitis is said to be the primary reason for the tragic incident.

Despite calling the disruption of oxygen as a major lapse, the UP government maintained that none of the deaths were caused due to shortage of oxygen.

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