MoS Health Kulaste hints of conspiracy behind Gorakhpur tragedy

Joanna Estrada
August 13, 2017

The state government admitted that oxygen supply was short and ran out for two hours that night.

Parmatma Gautam, whose 1-month-old nephew, Roshan, died when the oxygen supply stopped, said the hospital authorities and the district administration were trying to cover up their failure to pay the bills on time. "Doctors are responsible for the incident", he said. "The incident is very unfortunate, my condolences to families", he said. He said the disease Japanese Encephalitis has been there since 1978 and it was he who had started the fight against it. "It will take time to improve the condition of the healthcare sector in Uttar Pradesh", he told ANI. In one of those survivors, Kismati Devi said, "My four-year-old-son is suffering in encephalitis ward. But, there should be a full-fledged viral research centre in Gorakhpur", Mr. Adityanath said.

Singh also said, "We came to know that between 7.30 pm to 10.05 pm, seven children had died, but there was no lack of supply of the gas".

However, the Gorakhpur SP maintained that 21 of the 30 deaths were due to lack of oxygen.

Yesterday, the principal of BRD Hospital resigned after being suspended with "immediate effect" even as the Uttar Pradesh government faced all-round flak for the death of 30 infants in the state-run hospital within a span of 48 hours since August 10.

Earlier in the day, Nadda and Adityanath visited the BRD Medical College, where over 70 children have died in the past 6 days. "Neither did anyone inform him about shortage of oxygen there".

PM Modi is constantly monitoring the Gorakhpur situation and is in touch with central and state authorities, his office said on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference in Lucknow a day after his visit to the medical college, UP Congress Committee (UPCC) president Raj Babbar claimed the government was directly responsible for the "killing" of so many innocent children, and the CM must resign on moral grounds or he should be sacked. Tandon announced the suspension of the principal Rajiv Kumar Mishra for his "irresponsible act of delaying payments to the gas supplier".

"As per records, 17-18 deaths a month are reported due to Encephalitis".

Health Minister Singh had said that according to reports from the paediatric department of the college, 60 children died due to various diseases since August 7.

Questioning the likely outcome of the inquiry set up in the matter, the Congress leader said the CM had already given his verdict by saying no deaths happened due to lack of oxygen supply even before the probe panel was set up.

"We studied various aspects of the deaths" the deaths were due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), infection and liver failure, ' Singh said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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