Gorakhpur hospital deaths: PM constantly monitoring situation, in touch with authorities

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: "PM is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central & UP Governments," tweeted PMO.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2017 5:10 pm
PM Modi on gorakhpur tragedy, Narendra Modi, gorakhpur children deaths, gorakhpur deaths, gorakhpur news, yogi adityanath, gorakhpur hospital death, uttar pradesh, encephalitis deaths, BRD College, BRD medical hospital, Baba Raghav Das Medical College, indian express Around 60 children died in the past six days in Gorakhpur at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital. (Express Photo)

Reflecting on the tragedy in which 60 children died in the past six days in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital, the PMO tweeted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is constantly keeping an eye at the situation in Gorakhpur. The tweet read: “PM is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central & UP Governments.”

Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel and the Union Health Secretary will take stock of the situation in Gorakhpur.

Around 60 children have died at the hospital in the past few days due to a range of reasons, including encephalitis. While the deaths are believed to have happened due to infections and alleged oxygen supply shortage in the medical institute’s paediatrics ward, the hospital and the district administration have denied oxygen shortage claims as the reason behind the mishap.

Read: Gorakhpur hospital tragedy LIVE updates

Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela told the Indian Express, “No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to shortage of oxygen supply. Only seven deaths have taken place at the BRD Medical College today and these were due to different medical reasons.”

Taking note of the situation in Gorakhpur, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav slammed the Yogi Adityanath-led government and accused it of hiding facts on the matter.

Read: Five worst hospital tragedies in India

BSP supremo Mayawati also criticised the state government and said her party will send a team to take a stock of the situation. “No amount of criticism for the BJP government is enough after this horrific incident,” Mayawati said. “I have constituted a three-member team who will take stock of situation at the hospital and will update me on current situation,” she added.

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  1. M
    Aug 12, 2017 at 11:46 pm
    Modiji, these type of tragedies are bound to happen when we get our priorities wrong. Also, mixing politics/administration and religion is a sure recipe for disaster. Even after these type of many trajedies, you may be able to continue as PM with brute majority like Venezula president and North Korean Kim Un. But you will be very badly judged by the country and history and you will not have any lasting glory in this land.
    1. M
      Aug 12, 2017 at 11:20 pm
      The PM should divest the power of monkeys that sit in the Govt. The PM instead of monitoring, should address the problems that caused this tragedy: [1] Why a Medical CollegeHospital Head doesn't have the power or funds to pay for some Oxygen cylinder? [2] Is the budget and the funds for the hospital not allocated at the time of approval of hospital budget approval ? [3] Is the Prin l required to get approval and money from some govt monkey every time he needs to spend for hospital expenses? [4] Why a Prin l who runs a combined Medical College plus a Healthcare Hospital doesn't plan for stocking vital medical supplies such as Oxygen? [5] Does the same practice in place for blood, vital medications ? [6] Has there been deaths due to lack of these items before ? [7] What is the Responsibility and Role of Health Secretary (IAS Officer I guess) ? [8] Why such useless s exercise enormous power and completely disown any responsibility and accountability ?
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        yash sehgal
        Aug 12, 2017 at 11:10 pm
        What's Modi ji monitoring? Counting the deaths?? Whether oxygen supply is restored?? What's he monitoring...? Has he dismissed state health minister, Siddharthnath Singh?? No..!! Has he dismissed health secretary? No..!! Has he dismissed CM Yogi?? No..!! Then what is he monitoring? Monitoring oxygen to the dead children perhaps they may revive due to Modi or Yogi magic?? Leave it sir, please don't try to befool public that u hv already befooled with ur false promises in 2014. Let 2019 come n public will befool u beautifully with a single digit score strength in Parliament. Surely , we promise , we won't forget ur Arun Jaitli demonetization n GST woes, ur forming govt with separatist PDP n art 370...n yes Rs 15 lakh per head which r nowhere to be seen..
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          A. M.
          Aug 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm
          What will feku monitor ? Afterall , he is the one who deducted the healthcare budget of the nation and is the one directly responsible for the death of the poor children because of his stupid policies. They have money to buy MLA for 15 crore each, money to topple govts in other states , money to do programs and arrange rallies for their tamashas, but no money to buy oxygen for poor children??
          1. M
            Aug 12, 2017 at 11:49 pm
            Absolutely right, sir.
          2. S
            Aug 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm
            Deeply pained by incident. Responsible people have to be punished.
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              Mehemud Alam
              Aug 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
              How many deaths are taking place in a day or what are the measures are taken to increase the death toll.. that is what PM monitoring? This bloody chief minister, he is a pujari of a temple how can he manage a state? Like me.. many people knows no bureaucrat heads chief minister voice. transferring them from one place to other does shows once ability to work.
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                bulla meherban
                Aug 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm
                lol mayawait has cons uted three member commiteee ? what a joke this woman is .. the BJp mp who called her actually insulted the ....poor kids died of various health issues and govt needs to manage it at all costs
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