Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than me, says Yogi Adityanath

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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 13, 2017 8:00 pm
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Facing allegations of criminal negligence from the Opposition over the deaths of at least 60 children at Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday reiterated that a probe has been initiated and assured of strict action against those responsible. “Let reports of probe committee come. Assure you, if anyone’s negligence caused death of a person, in any part of UP, he won’t be spared,” he said.

Adityanath was addressing a press conference along with Union Minister JP Nadda at the BRD Hospital, after inspecting the wards and meeting the doctors.

“Nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than me,” he told reporters. State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh, who has been facing heat from the Opposition, was also present.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with Union Health Minister J P Nadda.(Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Speaking about his earlier visit on July 9, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said: “When I questioned the hospital authorities if they needed any assistance, they said they didn’t. I asked authorities to tell me about the arrangements made to combat encephalitis and to state their problems because I was worried about other diseases like dengue and chikungunya as well.”

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He also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that Centre would provide every assistance possible in the matter. “A team of doctors from Delhi have visited the hospital to inspect the arrangements and take stock of the situation,” he told reporters at a press briefing. He also spoke about the dearth of virology centres in eastern Uttar Pradesh. “We need a virology centre for vector borne diseases. Have requested JP Nadda ji for it,” he said.

The Chief Minister announced that a committee headed by state Chief Secretary would investigate in the matter and the perpetrators would be booked accordingly. “We have constituted a committee to investigate into NICU and encephalitis deaths and also probe the alleged disruption of oxygen supply. I can assure you, not just Gorakhpur, if there has been negligence anywhere in Uttar Pradesh causing harm to public life, strict action will be taken against them.” Earlier on Saturday, Adityanath had said that no deaths of children happened due to shortage of oxygen.

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    Dr nagapraveen
    Aug 14, 2017 at 3:44 pm
    Public Health is ignored and Public health jobs all are on contract basis. Govt. is not interested in putting budget in Public Health Platform. Top managers and doctors who were employed were simply showing false reports.
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      FNS18
      Aug 14, 2017 at 6:18 am
      It is a scandal from Congress and Samajwadi party to defame popularity of the CM. Government should check any links between the oxygen supplier and Samajwadi party.
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        Lovely
        Aug 14, 2017 at 6:45 am
        As per reports the Oxygen supplier was paying commission 10 percent, but off late it was increased to 12 per cent . The supplier moved heaven and earth to realise his out standing dues.There should be some fool proof mechanism to solve this problem. Many govts come and go but stream line the procedures.
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        XYZ
        Aug 14, 2017 at 3:28 am
        Shame on you fraud Yogi. Don't show crocodile tears. You are most insensitive person. You are slur on Indians.
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          Lovely
          Aug 13, 2017 at 8:19 pm
          Yogi should concentrate on better health, sanitation, water, education, population law order,and employment.UP is bigger than Phakistan, Bangla Desh, Russia, Japan, Indonesia. in terms of population but poorest in all economic indicators. Yogi may be honest and tough administer but he lacs judgement. He does not know what is there in his back yard. He does not trust his babus, officials, colleagues and ministers.He does not trust even his own shadow. On slightest pretext he will suspend/ transfer babus and officials. He insults one and all . He should behave like CM not like school head master. So far he has not signed a single MoU for setting up any industry. Yogi should revisit his priorities. NaMo"s II term depends on his performance. His performance depends on his team ministers.But there are red flags.
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            Raj V
            Aug 13, 2017 at 8:13 pm
            Please concentrate on immediate remedial actions and ignore opposition's accusations for present. A lone person should not be made responsible for the incident. funding for government hospitals should now become priority.
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