Gorakhpur: Congress delegation visits tragedy-struck BRD Medical College

  • Gorakhpur: Congress delegation visits tragedy-struck BRD Medical College

Gorakhpur: Congress delegation visits tragedy-struck BRD Medical College

Gorakhpur: More than sixty children including new borns and infants have died in last 48 hours at Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital run by the Uttar Pradesh State government.

Minister for medical education Ashutosh Tandon, who was also present during the press conference, said a high-level probe headed by principal secretary has been ordered and Principal of BRD medical college Rajeev Kumar Mishra suspended for negligence.

Lucknow/Gorakhpur: The Uttar Pradesh government has warned stringent action against those responsible for the series of deaths of children at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur over the last few days.

State Health Minister Siddarth Nath Singh told TV channels that "a lot of people come suffering from high fever and if they don't get treatment, it may result in death". As child after child began collapsing, the hospital initiated a transaction of Rs 22 lakh but it was too late.

He said he had announced a magisterial probe into the deaths.But, as per hospital sources unwilling to be named, there was a sudden drop in the oxygen supply pressure around 8pm on Thursday, and the situation worsened by 11.30pm same day. Reason behind most of the death cases was due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

"We will be getting more liquid oxygen cylinders tonight or tomorrow, and have also cleared the dues of the supplier", Mr Kumar said.

Indian Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, a campaigner for children's rights, described the deaths as "a massacre" on Twitter.

Parents said that the oxygen supply to the ward ran out Thursday night and that patients' families were given self-inflating bags to help the children breathe. The hospital authorities are accusing the supplier of disrupting the liquid Oxygen's supply. And "only" seven children have died today.

The family had rushed the newborn to the hospital from neighbouring Siddharthnagar district on August 9 because he had a high fever.

According to the government, 60 deaths have taken place in the hospital during past five days.

As per the locals, though the hospital is supposed to provide free medical assistance, neither there is proper medical facility available nor are the patients provided free medicines.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi while reacting to the tragedy on Saturday urged the UP government to take immediate cognisance of the crime and bring the persons responsible for this neglect to book.