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Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Gorakhpur: Congress delegation visits tragedy-struck BRD Medical College

Gorakhpur: Congress delegation visits tragedy-struck BRD Medical College

UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told reporters, "The principal of the BRD Medical College has been suspended with immediate effect because of his laxity".

According to a report on a leading news channel, Lucknow office of Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd has been raided by police. He said he had ascertained from the doctors that the deaths had not occurred from a lack of oxygen.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a tweet, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought information about the Gorakhpur incident". It seems like the authorities of Gorakhpur are not sacred of anyone.

Meanwhile, he assured that the issue will be probed and the results will be out in the next 24 hours, based on which action will be taken accordingly.

The Chief Minister said that he himself had visited the BRD medical college on July 9 and August 9 to himself look at the situation but was not informed of any shortage, including of oxygen.

According to the report, the oxygen supplied from both cylinders and the plant went dry overnight even as hospital staff scrambled to save the lives of the patients. However, to defend itself, the U.P. government has been claiming that it has no links to the tragedy as the hospital had oxygen supplies from various other firms.

He also demanded, probe panel headed by Supreme Court judge and an all-party delegation to visit the hospital for fair investigation.

Media reports state that the incident happened due to a payment dispute between the hospital and the oxygen supplier. "Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh should immediately resign from their post".

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya today said the guilty will not be spared. An expert team will also be leaving for Gorakhpur on Saturday.

However, the Union home ministry is said to have confirmed that 22 children died due to a shortage of liquid oxygen supply.

The shortage of oxygen allegedly led to encephalitis, which is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain, following which the children died. Now the saddest fact is 30 out of 63 people are children and they all died in hospital.

Most deaths were reported from the neonatal and encephalitis wards of the Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College amid allegations that a private contractor stopped supplying oxygen.

She further said, "We repeatedly communicated about pending payments to concerned authorities but never got a response, ¿ adding, ¿Ours was a night supply in BRD".

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