While the initiative will seek to reduce pressure on BRD Medical College, the shortage of specialised doctors is a hurdle.
After reports that 70 children died at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur in the first five days of this month, rekindling the August horror, the government is planning steps to strengthen medical and health services at the periphery
The BRD Medical College hit the headlines earlier in August when 63 children, including infants, died within a span of one week due to disruption of oxygen supply by the vendor. The FIR was lodged against nine people.
Sanjay Tripathi was nabbed from Cantonment area — the sixth arrest in the case.SSP, Gorakhpur, Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj said they caught Sanjay while he was trying to move to a hideout.
Following a tip-off, Sudhir Kumar Pandey was arrested from Khajanchi crossing in Shahpur, said Abhishek Kumar Singh, the investigating officer of the case and also the circle officer.
This comes weeks after more than 60 children died at the hospital in a span of five days allegedly due to lack of liquid oxygen. The government has maintained that the children died due to medical causes, including Japanese Encephalitis.
The death of children in BRD Hospital was not just due to inadequate oxygen supply. It is also because of a system collapsing under severe financial strain
Akhilesh Yadav said that the pension component of the award, which is Rs 50,000, apart from a one-time reward of Rs 11 lakh, could even be doubled by the present dispensation.
A total of 290 children have died at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur this month, of which 213 died in the neo natal ICU and 77 in the encephalitis ward, principal P K Singh said. There have been 1,250 deaths since January this year at the hospital, especially in encephalitis, infant and children’s wards.
“Till midnight on August 27, there were 342 patients in the paediatrics department, out of which, 17 died. Till midnight on August 28, there were 344 patients on bed and 25 of them died,” said officiating principal of the hospital, P K Singh.
Last week, based on a probe conducted by the state government, hospital principal Dr Rajeev Mishra, his wife Dr Purnima Shukla, Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan, Dr Satish Kumar, chief pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal and clerks Uday Pratap Sharma, Sanjay Kumar Tripathi and Sudhir Kumar Pandey were booked.
The B.R.D hospital personnel have been charged for “deliberately not submitting the payment despite repeated written request by the supplier to the principal” in want of bribe. The statement also accused Principal Misra of staying absent from office on August 10 when media reported the deaths.
Both doctors are named in the FIR that was lodged on Thursday following a state government directive.
Earlier this month, 72 children admitted to the government-run hospital in Gorakhpur had died within a span of three days. The government has maintained that the children died due to different illnesses, including Japanese Encephalitis (JE).
Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Facing intense scrutiny from the Opposition, the Yogi-led BJP government dismissed the “shortage of oxygen supply” as the cause of the tragedy and maintained that the children died due to different illnesses, including Japanese Encephalitis.