CMO Dr Kumar said the five-member committee was constituted to find out whether the deaths on August 10 were actually caused by lack of oxygen. The inquiry was ordered by Gorakhpur district magistrate on August 11, after the deaths were reported.
The petition said, “More than 62 patients especially children died in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, and the reason told was due to the discontinuance of the oxygen supply.”
The lawyers alleged that contamination of ground water, coupled with ineffective handling of waste by the municipal bodies, have caused various water and vector-borne diseases in the district including encephalitis, jaundice and typhoid.
The party released two letters, purportedly written by Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd, to establish its claim, and demanded that murder charges be pressed against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and top officials for the death of 30 children in two days.
Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Over 70 children suffering from encepahlitis have been killed at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh due to lack of medical facilities to fight the disease. The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to the UP government over the deaths.
Medical negligence arises from an act or omission by a medical practitioner, which no reasonably competent and careful practitioner would have committed. What is expected of a medical practitioner is ‘reasonably skilful behaviour’ adopting the ‘ordinary skills’ and practices of the profession with ‘ordinary care’.
Gorakhpur hospital deaths: The manner in which this government has failed, the way this incident has happened and there is negligence on the part of the government, we hope that the prime minister will in his I-day address first apologise”, Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said.
Dr A K Srivastava, who was transferred as CMS of BRD Medical College on August 10, told The Indian Express that Mishra’s wife Dr Purnima Shukla interfered in all administrative decisions. Shukla is attached to BRD Medical College, but it was not clear in what capacity.
On August 7, Brahmdev, 30, a farmer from Bagagada village in Gorakhpur, for the first time noticed the oxygen-level indicator outside the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at BRD Medical College hospital.
Fourteen years after a small UNICEF funded project in West Bengal’s Purulia district showed the effectiveness of SNCUs in reducing infant mortality and 12 years after that model was adopted under the then National Rural Health Mission for replication across the country, non-functional SNCUs have left the BRD Hospital grappling with a grinding patient load.
“Who will decide it was death or murder? The entire focus of the government is on cow-slaughter, singing of Vande Matram, where the flag is being hoisted on August 15” Raj Babbar said. “A case of murder should be lodged against the government and those associated with it,” he added.
The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government has come under heavy scrutiny, with the Opposition demanding the resignation of state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh as well as of the chief minister.
Yogi Adityanath was addressing a press conference along with Union Minister JP Nadda at the BRD Hospital, after inspecting the wards and meeting the doctors.
A four-year-old boy suffering from encephalitis died on Sunday, taking the total death toll to 72 in the last six days.
Gorakhpur hospital deaths: The government suspended Rajeev Mishra, principal of the college, for negligence in delaying the release of payment to the supplier of oxygen to the hospital, and ordered a high-level inquiry.