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Gorakhpur Deaths: Role Of Oxygen Vendor To Be Probed, UP CM Says
March 24 2018, 08:04 | Irvin Gilbert
A relative of a child who died at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur
The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur has seen at least 114 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) this year alone.
The tragedy has also set off a war of words between the various political parties.
"The BJP, under the leadership of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is working towards the betterment of the people of the state".
Over 30 infants at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College's hospital died due to alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen. Preliminary reports have indicated that a short supply of oxygen could have led to the deaths though the authorities insist they are still investigating the exact cause.
"Nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than me", he told reporters. Children who were suffering from Encephalitis, a sudden inflammation of the brain were admitted to the hospital for treatment.
Adityanath said that it is his fourth visit to BRD medical college since becoming the chief minister. Of the 30 deaths, 17 took place in the neonatal intensive care unit. Though the Gorakhpur district magistrate had not given any reason for the deaths, an official here had said that according to the Gorakhpur SP, 21 children died due to oxygen supply shortage.
The government said funds for oxygen were not released by the hospital administration till August 11, even though it was cleared by August 7. "Those found guilty won't be spared".
Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister is in constant touch with the central and state government and is monitoring the condition in Gorakhpur.
"As far as the complaint regarding non-payment of dues to the company supplying the oxygen is concerned, it is a matter of inquiry".
UP CM Yogi Adityanath in a statement in relation to the incident while addressing a press conference in Lucknow said, "We have formed a committee under state chief secretary to probe the incident".
Calling it a matter of "major negligence", the Uttar Pradesh health minister Siddharth Nath Singh also sacked the hospital's principal R K Mishra. Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela said that the disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen is the cause of the deaths at the BRD hospital.