Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: CM Yogi Adityanath silent on children’s deaths, blames encephalitis on filth

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Yogi Adityanath did not comment specifically on the children’s deaths in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital even after leaving the dais at the end of his 30-minute speech.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | Allahabad | Updated: August 12, 2017 11:41 pm
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Saturday blamed the outbreak of Japanese encephalitis on polluted groundwater but was silent on reports that a cut in oxygen supply had resulted in the deaths of over 60 children at a government hospital in Gorakhpur over the past two days.

During a three-hour Ganga Gram Sammelan programme in Allahabad, at which he promised to make UP free of open defecation with toilets for every rural home under the Swachh Bharat Mission, Adityanath said, “ the recent media report on children dying was because they were suffering from a vector borne disease called Japanese encephalitis which has been plaguing the state since 1978 and has not been controlled. Open defecation is a source of groundwater pollution, which is behind this disease. But my government under the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission, will ensure all villages along the Ganga and across the state are open defecation-free with a toilet in every village home.”

Adityanath also said that encephalitis could be caused by leaking septic tanks. “I must warn people that they must ensure that septic tanks connected to their toilets do not leak and pollute groundwater sources, because this polluted water is behind the vector of acute encephalitis. We should be very careful about the tanks not leaking from the very beginning, and we must ensure that it does not spread,” he said. Also Read: Encephalitis, its causes, prevention and prevalence in India, explained

The chief minister was speaking about the number of toilets the UP government has built in village homes, and the Rs 12,000 that the government was ready to hand over to needy families. “Acute encephalitis, a new disease, is going to be a big challenge for us in the coming years and we must ensure safety and caution regarding this from the very start,” he said. Also Read: PM constantly monitoring situation, in touch with authorities

The Japanese encephalitis virus is transmitted to humans through bites of infected Culex mosquitoes. According to the WHO, the virus exists in a transmission cycle between mosquitoes, pigs and/or water birds, and is found mainly in rural and periurban settings, where humans live in closer proximity to these vertebrate hosts. Also Read: At least 60 children die in Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: How political leaders reacted

Street plays should be used to spread awareness of the ills of open defecation, Adityanath said. He scolded “some people” for thinking toilets polluted their homes: “Look where society has progressed, where the world is heading,” he said. “If we remain tied by these regressive thoughts, we will not be able to progress. We have to progress and adopt a new way of life to be able to live in a respectable society.”

The chief minister did not comment specifically on the children’s deaths in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital even after leaving the dais at the end of his 30-minute speech.

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  1. A
    Aug 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    This Yogi did nothing but use this piety and propaganda to trick the good innocent Hindus into voting for him. He doesn't give an iota for care for them and gives preference to a bunch of cows. This bull eating mother er should be taken to the street and get beaten by the parents of those kids who lost their lives thanks to this 's negligence!
    1. P
      Aug 13, 2017 at 11:56 am
      Mosquitoes does not breed in groundwater. Don't make everything a propaganda item. Have the conviction to accept mistake, find root cause and strike hard. Else there is no difference between a corrupt politician or a yogi.
      1. K
        K Joshi
        Aug 13, 2017 at 4:45 am
        To blame Yogi for this tragedy is prepostorous, he could not have made situation worst in few months. All the govts who ruled UP in the past are more responsible than Yogi govt.
        1. C
          Aug 13, 2017 at 3:15 am
          1. D
            Danial Carter
            Aug 13, 2017 at 3:00 am
            India was a third world country, is a third world country and will always be a third world country. A Hindu is only concerned about himself and not others. Shame on you all.
            1. R
              Robert Mitts
              Aug 13, 2017 at 3:26 am
              Which developed country are you from? I am sure you are from a terrorist faith and country.
            2. A
              Ajay nath
              Aug 13, 2017 at 1:46 am
              All those opposing Yogi are islamist or paid dalit anti nationals! What is so great about a few kids dying ......let him concentrate on his job of making UP and India great again!Yogiji and Modiji we are with you! Jai Shree Ram!
              1. S
                Aug 13, 2017 at 3:28 am
                I bet it won't be "a few kids dying" if it was one of your own you racist, ignorant c nt. this is no way of achieving progress when u can't event protect the weakest and most vulnerable members (children) of our society. And FYI, I am neither an Islamist militant nor a paid Dalit. I am just a caring Indian who has a heart. Unlike the likes of you pigs.
              2. R
                Aug 13, 2017 at 1:29 am
                RSS BJP rule for Cow not for Human Indians. In India fundamentalism routed majority Hindu society, This phenomenon gain thru RSS and other extremist Hindu group by BJP. If you want rule you need God's wisdom. you never get God wisdom because you are worshipers of COW .Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. more tragedy on the way ...
                1. J
                  Joykutty Cherian
                  Aug 13, 2017 at 12:55 am
                  Yogi ji, you better do your job that suits your name. Let some body else do the CM's job..Good for you and for the UP state.. .
                  1. R
                    Aug 13, 2017 at 2:13 am
                    you evil man, if your kids die what is your repose?
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