Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath visits Gorakhpur hospital, says guilty will not be spared

Accompanied by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda to the hospital here where over 60 children died in five days, the CM said they are waiting for a report of the probe committee set up by the government

Published: 13th August 2017 03:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2017 07:54 AM   |  A+A-

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (File | PTI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a high-level team of three doctors to assess the situation at Baba Raghav Dev Medical College in Gorakhpur, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has assured strictest action against those found responsible for criminal negligence resulting in 30 deaths in 48 hours between August 9 and 11 in the medical facility.

The Central team will submit its report on the conditions at the hospital directly to Modi

Paediatric department head at BRD Medical College, Dr Kafeel Ahmad, meanwhile, faced dismissal after Adityanath’s visit on Sunday.

Addressing a presser with union health and family welfare minister J P Nadda, Adityanath said that a high-powered probe had begun under chief secretary Rajive Kumar.

“Let the probe report land. Those responsible for negligence which resulted in the tragedy will not be spared,” Adityanath said. “The probe committee will look into all aspects, including the alleged shortage of oxygen in the neo-natal ICU and encephalitis deaths,” he added.

Adityanath also reminded how he had been fighting Japanese Encephalitis (JE) since 1997-98 and had taken it to Parliament. “I have seen children dying of JE in my own hands. It is one of the biggest causes of distress and death in Purvanchal,” he said.

Mentioning his July 9 visit to BRD Medical College, Adityanath narrated how he was kept in the dark about the alleged shortage of oxygen despite his repeated questions to the principal over any assistance for patients. “I asked them if any assistance was required to combat encephalitis, I was told everything was under control,” he said.

Nadda announced a regional centre for medical research in Gorakhpur at a cost of `85 crore.
Dr P K Singh was appointed officiating principal in place of Dr R K Mishra who was suspended on Saturday. Kafeel Ahmad was replaced by Dr Bhupendra Sharma.

Delayed payment

Questions have been raised over the undue delay by authorities in releasing funds to clear bills of the firm supplying oxygen to the facility. The payment was made only on August 11 — six days after the money came. Mishra refused to accept the gap of six days as delay which he felt was prompt enough given the long process such payments take. This could answer the CM’s poser on why Mishra did not flag the oxygen shortage at the August 9 meeting. “Since he had already received the funds in the college account, how could he raise the issue with the CM,” said a source in the college.

The delay also raises doubt over Mishra’s intentions as sources claimed he has a record of delaying payments and could have delayed it further had the tragedy not occurred on the intervening night of August 10-11.

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