Gorakhpur tragedy: Families allege discrepancy in treatment

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Health activists said successive governments had ignored the threat posed by encephalitis as it was a disease that affected poor, malnourished children. "Appropriate action will be taken keeping these points in mind and a probe will be done", he said.

Siddharth Nath Singh, the health minister of UP, said: "The death of children is very unfortunate and the government will set up an inquiry committee to ascertain if any lapse has occurred".

The death toll due to alleged shortage of oxygen supply has now risen to 64, with three deaths being reported today.

Acknowledging that there were some payment issues with the oxygen supplier firm, Siddharth Nath said the matter was not raised by the hospital during Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's visit on August 9. Same goes for Health Minister.

The Chief Minister of the state, Yogi Adityanath, a saffron-robed Hindu priest, is the elected Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur. What followed was complete chaos as panic-stricken relatives of patients ran for help, and with the support of hospital staff tried to maintain supply of oxygen. using artificial manual breathing bags.

"The letter was forwarded to the DG's (Director General, Medical Education) office". A few deaths, he added, happened due to encephalitis as well.

Gorakhpur: Almost 36 hours after the Gorakhpur tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broken his silence over the Gorakhpur tragedy in which more than 30 children died at a government-run hospital.

Sixty children died between August 7 and 11 in BRD Hospital, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Another distraught father, Deep Chandra from Basti district also aired similar sentiments and said that for the last 48 hours, there was no oxygen supply and the children admitted here were left to die despite prayers and requests to the officials of the medical college.

Adityanath on Saturday said that squalor was responsible for the deaths in the medical college.Seemingly on the back foot, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that he had been kept in the dark about the impending shortage of oxygen when he had visited BRD Medical College on Wednesday.Adityanath also attacked the media for dishing out different death figures. On Saturday, Adityanath ordered a high-level probe into the incident.

Both the parties have chose to send teams to Gorakhpur to make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. "This is an example of gross criminal negligence of the BJP government". Supply of liquid oxygen was disrupted yesterday due to pending payment.

A private contractor stopped supplying oxygen to the hospital over a past-due bill, district magistrate Rajeev Rautela said. He also told the opposition not to "politicize" the issue.

The SP sent a delegation of leaders under Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary to Gorakhpur. Of these, 129 children died, said Satish Chandra, a hospital spokesman.

"This incident took place due to the laxity on the part of the state government". The health minister and the health secretary must immediately tender resignation. Considering, he is both the MP and CM, he must take moral responsibility and should resign.

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