After tragedy at BRD, Gorakhpur to have medical centre for research into children’s ailments

The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government has come under heavy scrutiny, with the Opposition demanding the resignation of state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh as well as of the chief minister.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 13, 2017 5:07 pm
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In the aftermath of the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy that claimed over 70 lives, Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Saturday announced that the Centre has approved setting up of a regional medical centre in the region for research into children’s ailments. The minister, who paid a visit to the BRD Medical college along with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, added that the research centre will be constructed at a cost of Rs 85 crore.

“Before coming here, I have approved the establishment of a regional medical research centre in Gorakhpur, at a cost of Rs 85 crore. This institute will conduct research into the infections of children and their possible reasons,” Nadda said.

Over 70 children have died since August 7 at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College at Gorakhpur, which falls under Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Lok Sabha constituency. The deaths are being blamed on infections and possible disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward, but the hospital and district administration have dismissed the inadequate oxygen supply as the reason for the tragedy.

Japanese encephalitis is also being blamed as one of the reasons for the tragic incident. Gorkhapur is the worst-affected region in Uttar Pradesh by encephalitis. Although vaccines are available, there is no such vaccine for checking Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and better hygiene is the only way to fend it off.

On Saturday, the chief minister also stated that a variety of ailments, not a cut in the supply of oxygen, had led to the deaths. In the wake of the incident, the government, however, suspended Rajeev Mishra, principal of the college, with immediate effect for negligence in delaying the release of payment to the supplier of oxygen to the hospital and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the tragedy.

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The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government has come under heavy scrutiny, with the Opposition demanding the resignation of state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh as well as of the chief minister.

With PTI inputs

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  1. N
    Aug 13, 2017 at 10:48 pm
    Yes the committee will recommend drips of cow ,cow dung mixed with in fan t feed and a drop of sweat of a cow excreta. as a anti oxidant for fighting enciphilates. Modi bhakts your turn is next for eating the human excreta of brahmins. Go for it.
    1. M
      Aug 13, 2017 at 6:46 pm
      Run the existing facilities properly and don't waste money on white elephants.
      1. Barb Dewyre
        Aug 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm
        A Research Center founded on the bodies of 60 children? Where is the minimum government and maximum governance? To delay payment to a valid contractor they require permission from Lucknow? A Chief Minister needs to be advised before payment is released? Have these people ever seen the delay when cheques are received and before they are credited to your account? Now every man and his dog will be guilty except this incompetent Chief Minister and his Health Minister. Makes you wonder if corruption was better than incompetence?
        1. A
          Aug 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm
          Make sure this centre is well equipment with cow u rine, cow dung and cow belched Oxygen. One of BJP minister did say that while the cows across the world belch out Methane (which is 30 times more dangerous than CO2) Indian cows belch out Oxygen. So this oxygen can be directly used to save the patients.