Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Yogi Adityanath, J P Nadda visit BRD as death toll rises to 72

A four-year-old boy suffering from encephalitis died on Sunday, taking the total death toll to 72 in the last six days.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 13, 2017 1:09 pm
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with Union Minister J P Nadda. (Source: ANI)

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister J P Nadda  on Sunday visited Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital after over 70 children died while undergoing treatment.

A four-year-old boy suffering from encephalitis died on Sunday, taking the total death toll to 72 in the last six days. According to news agency ANI, 11 children died on Saturday and until Friday the death toll stood at 60.

While the recent deaths are being blamed on the possible disruption of oxygen supply in medical wards, the state government ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident on Saturday.

UP Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh, however, said the oxygen supply went down on August 10, but the situation was brought under control within a few hours. He added that none of the deaths took place during the window of crisis.

A large number of children admitted at ICU for encephalitis treatment. Express photo by Vishal Srivastav 12.08.2017

“Around 7.30 pm on August 10, the supply of liquid oxygen became low and the meter started beeping but it was met by oxygen cylinders. But this system worked only until 11.30 pm… Supply through cylinders was not sufficient until about 1.30 am on August 11, but after that supply resumed,” he said.

After suspending college hospital principal Rajeev Mishra for allegedly delaying the release of payment to oxygen supplier, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that he has asked a team of top ministers to determine if the death of the children was actually due to a disruption in oxygen supply at the hospital and assured to “not spare anyone found guilty”.

“We have suspended the principal of the BRD Medical College and taking him guilty for his actions and an investigation on him has already been ordered and is underway. Those found guilty won’t be spared,” he said while addressing a news conference in Lucknow on Saturday.

He had earlier blamed lack of cleanliness and polluted groundwater for the breakout of Japanese encephalitis in the region.

Meanwhile, the Yogi-led government is facing criticism from opposition parties, with Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and BSP Chief Mayawati alleging negligence. Congress vice-President Rahul Gandhi also blamed the BJP government of negligence and demanded action.

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    Rahul Bhaskar
    Aug 13, 2017 at 9:49 pm
    Look at the hospital. They have fans...No ac's...It's obviously suffocating. There is no natural air entering the rooms. No circulation and these are sick kids. Normal people will start to feel effected. Leave alone sick kids.
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      sagar
      Aug 13, 2017 at 6:45 pm
      LET SC monitor the death and pull Yogi and BJP govt that is in centre. Let BJP head go under shame at least for time being. BJP gives lectures a lot. WHy no celebrity anguished shock, are they not INDIANS?
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        Subhash Chander
        Aug 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm
        It was not the crises of shortage of oxygen but it was crises of commission which was not being settled between Supplier and health authorities. Modi may have controlled upper level ministers and officers at center level but no change have taken place at state level ministers and officers.
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          sagar
          Aug 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm
          bobody can be sensisitve than Yogi, what a stupid statement from Yogi. when RSS people dies, they all debate, now no debate. BJP Should take responsibility, simply giving lectures is in DNA of YOGI and BJP MODI. LOCK THAT HOSPITAL
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            Keerthana
            Aug 13, 2017 at 2:49 pm
            Japanese encephalitis is a dangerous flu variant that usually affects children. Its symtoms are very much like the seasonal flu and so can be detected late. Unfortunately by the time most cases are detected there is a chronic and irreversible swelling of the brain, infecting the brain and eventually leads to death. This is spread by the mosquito and is mostly prevalent in slums and areas infested with mosquitoes. This is not a political issue but a health issue which points to basic unhealthy living conditions so common in developing economies. The doctors, administration staff alike must also be pulled up.
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              No To Klein
              Aug 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm
              mosquito proof masks!
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                Rajiv
                Aug 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm
                Those responsible for the death of so many precious young lives should be convicted for their murders and punished accordingly.This is a crime beyond belief.
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                  CClements
                  Aug 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm
                  The Devil of Gorakhpur is in the form of a Yogi. The CM needs to be exorcized.
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