Gorakhpur tragedy: Hospital principal suspended, PM monitoring situation

Last Updated: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 17:49 hrs

Gorakhpur: Following the tragedy at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College’s hospital the principal of the college has been suspended from his duties.

“We are suspending BRD medical college principal with immediate effect for this negligent behaviour,” State Minister for Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon said on Saturday, while addressing the media over the tragedy.

Tandon also assured of a high level probe into the multiple deaths, headed by the principal secretary. An action will be taken after a due report is taken out.

The state government has reiterated its earlier stand on the deaths and has said that the children did not die to disruption of gas supply.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh where 63 children have died in five days in a hospital and is in touch with central and state authorities, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Saturday.

Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel and the Union health secretary will take stock of the situation in Gorakhpur, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

District Magistrate of Gorakhpur Rajeev Rautela had said on Friday that at least 30 children died in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College within 48 hours since August 10.

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

Though the Gorakhpur district magistrate had not given any reason for the deaths, an official had said that according to the Gorakhpur superintendent of police, 21 children died due to oxygen supply shortage.

“According to the Gorakhpur SP, 21 children died due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen in BRD Medical College. Senior officers are at the spot. Exact cause is being verified by the civil administration,” the official, who did not to be identified, had said.

The Uttar Pradesh government said on Saturday that those found guilty in the “tragic and painful” incident would face “stringent action”.

“Whosoever is found guilty in the tragic and painful incident at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur will certainly face stringent action,” Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters in Lucknow.

Health Minister Singh and state Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon on Saturday visit Gorakhpur to take stock of the situation at the medical college.

Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh should resign taking “moral responsibility” for the death of the infants at the state-run hospital in Gorakhpur.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari also demanded strict action against those responsible for the deaths, allegedly due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen, at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

“There are clearly two dimensions to it, that of criminal culpability of all those who are responsible -- the hospital administration, the oxygen supplier and the district administration which is supposed to exercise superintendence over the hospital, and the other is the moral responsibility of the chief minister.

“While all those responsible must be charged with criminal culpability accounting to murder... there is a moral dimension which the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and his health minister must take responsibility for and resign immediately,” Tiwari said.

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