A day after at least 30 children died in state-run Gorakhpur hospital allegedly due to the shortage of oxygen supply, opposition leaders have demanded resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state health minister on moral grounds. Gorakhpur is the home district of CM Adityanath Yogi.
Reacting to the grim situation in the Gorakhpur hospital, Congress leader Manish Tiwari said in the capital, “Considering he (Yogi Adityanath) is both MP and CM, he must take moral responsibility and step down, so should his Health Minister.”
Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Raj Babbar, and Pramod Tiwari have visited the tragedy-stuck Baba Raghav Das Medical College on Saturday.
“It is a heart-wrenching incident. We are saddened by the deaths. This is all because of the state government’s carelessness. The CM should apologize to the country and he, along with the Health Minister, must resign,” Azad said after visiting the hospital.
Meanwhile Akhilesh Yadav, the former Chief Minister blamed the UP government for the tragic incident and called for strong action against the culprits. He also said that the government should give Rs 20 lakh compensation to the parents of the deceased.
गोरखपुर मे आक्सीजन की कमी से बच्चों की दर्दनाक मौत , सरकार ज़िम्मेदार।कठोर कार्यवाही हो, 20-20 लाख का मुआवज़ा दे सरकार ।— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) August 11, 2017
At least 60 children have died over seven days at a state run hospital in Gorakhpur, 30 of them in the last two days allegedly due to shortage of oxygen supply.
According to reports the private contractor, who was roped in to supply oxygen, had stopped services as the hospital hasn’t paid dues of about Rs 70 lakh.
Citing the SP of Gorakhpur, Union home ministry said that 21 children died due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen.
The documents in public domain show apathy on the part of concerned authorities. In a letter written on August 1, 2017, the oxygen supply vendor, Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd had informed the hospital about cutting supply because of unpaid bills.
However, the state government and hospital authorities have denied the charges saying oxygen was available in the hospital through other arrangements and the deaths were caused due to “various medical reasons and illnesses”.
State health minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that no child died due to shortage of oxygen. “We are probing all the angles – Was there a shortage? Whether the authorities were aware of this? Was there any other issue? Who is responsible? etc.”
Technical and Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon also ruled out disruption of oxygen as the reason behind the deaths.
Ashutosh Tandon and Siddharth Nath Singh held meeting with BRD Medical College authorities in Gorakhpur.
According to a report on a leading news channel, Lucknow office of Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd has been raided by police. The report also says that the company’s owner is on the run.