Gorakhpur tragedy: Do not politicise issue, says UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh

Gorakhpur deaths: The deaths have caused widespread condemnation since Gorakhpur falls under the Lok Sabha constituency of CM Adityanath, who had also visited the medical college three days ago.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2017 10:48 am
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Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on Saturday said the Opposition must not politicise the deaths that have been reported at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, the parliamentary constituency represented by chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

Adding that proper investigation must take place since this was a serious issue, Singh told ANI, “Opposition parties should not politicise deaths. Proper investigation to be done and quick action to be taken. It’s serious issue.” Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya too criticised Opposition parties. “Opposition giving statements in haste. UP government is committed to service of people. Strict action to be taken,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. The state government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

State Minister of Technical Education & Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon said Adityanath had asked him to inspect the situation at the hospital and report back. “CM is keeping track of things. He called Health Minister and me. Both of us will go to Gorakhpur, inspect and report back to him,” the Lucknow East MLA was quoted as saying by ANI. Read | Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: 60 kids die in five days, 9 the day Yogi Adityanath came visiting

At least 60 children have died at the hospital in the last five days due to a range of reasons including encephalitis. While the deaths are being blamed on infections and on alleged oxygen supply shortage in the medical institute’s paediatrics ward, hospital and district administration rejected oxygen shortage as the reason.

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.”  See PHOTOS from the hospital in Gorakhpur.

The deaths have caused widespread condemnation from political parties who slammed the state government led by the BJP. Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has demanded compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the families of the deceased and strong action against the officials for negligence. Security outside the hospital has been tightened in view of visits by political leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Raj Babbar and Sanjay Singh.

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Gorakhpur has witnessed at least 114 deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) this year. AES is an umbrella classification under which comes the diseases Japanese Encephalitis (JE), water-borne encephalitis and scrub typhus, among others. Earlier, Ravindra Kumar, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Gorakhpur, claimed: “In the months of August to October, people are more prone to acquiring some form of AES.”

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    Roby Mani
    Aug 12, 2017 at 8:10 pm
    Was this same Health Minister not politicising issues when BJP was in the opposition. I used to see him regularly appear on the fake channel of Times Now and CNN, blabbering all sorts of fake arguments, enthusastically supported by the fake anchors.
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      Ravishankar Balasubramanian
      Aug 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm
      Wah... When questions are asked about your invapability, it is politicization of the issue. Challenges yaar, if you cannot govern resign.
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        Indian Voter
        Aug 12, 2017 at 7:04 pm
        Of course we will follow your orders Mr. Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh, we have elected YOU to give US orders.
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          sk
          Aug 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm
          Yes only BJP has the right to politicize everything. Everyone else is anti national, sikular and beef eater so they cannot politicize any issue.
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            Stan
            Aug 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm
            He should have followed footsteps of his g father and would have resigned now owning moral responsibility.Nothing is more shameful than a incident like this to the govt.
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              Babu bhai dolkia
              Aug 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm
              What he is supposed to be saying is only 60 children died. For him 60 is not a worrisome number. And he should not be held responsible for just 60
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                harsh
                Aug 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm
                gau raksha ko politics mein use karke kursi paa li ,, par insaanon ki maut pe koi inko kuch naa bole ,,, waah re bjp waah ,,, kahan hai modiji ka tweet ,, nitish ne party badli toh 2 min mein tweet daal diya par 60 bacchon ki maut pe koi tweet nahin kiya ,,,
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                  Ash
                  Aug 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm
                  Well,I can understand that BJP would prefer no one talked or asked about this tragedy and that it moves away from front pages.Isn't that why no autopsies were done? Administration and govt more interested in keeping a lid on the case than in looking for a cause.Oxygen was a contributing cause ,if not the main cause.Most children in ICU would have been on oxygen. Was oxygen rationed when supplies were restricted?Never find the answer with the sarkar more interested in shifting blame to natural causes. Aaghe baro??To where,a cliff??
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