Yogi claims kept in dark on hospital, vows truth: ‘Treatment, or massacre’

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Adityanath said he had asked Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar, who accompanied him to the hospital, to personally inquire into both “the cause of death of the children” and also “reason for oxygen supply shortage”.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Gorakhpur | Published:August 13, 2017 9:25 pm
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Visiting the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur three days after 23 children died in its paediatric ward on August 10, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the truth should come out, whether the hospital was doing “upchar (treatment)” or “narsanhar (massacre)”.

“The guilty will not be spared and such strict action would be taken by the Uttar Pradesh government that it would set an example for people to work in discipline,” said Adityanath, adding that as the representative of Gorakhpur, no one could feel about the pain of children of eastern Uttar Pradesh more than him as he had seen them die before his eyes.

Hours later, Dr Kafeel Khan, superintendent and also in-charge of the ward where the deaths took place, was removed. The administration cited “negligence of duty” as the reason.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda, who accompanied Adityanath to the hospital, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reviewing the situation in Gorakhpur on a regular basis and had expressed his concern.

Nadda announced that a Regional Medical Research Centre would be set up in Gorakhpur, at a cost of Rs 85 crore, to study all the causes of infection among children in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. It would assist the state government in preparing better protocols for treatment, he said.

Claiming that he had not been informed about the delay in payment of oxygen by the hospital, Adityanath said, “This is my fourth visit to BRD after becoming the Chief Minister.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspecting inside the pediatric ward of BRD medical university on Sunday.Express photo by Vishal Srivastav

Whenever I have come here, I have inspected the encephalitis ward and have asked about the facilities needed to strengthen the services. I had visited on July 9 and then on August 9, I had visited all the senior officers, including commissioners of two divisions and CMOs of all the seven affected districts… I had repeatedly asked if there was any problem related to AES, then inform me. I have been fighting for its cause since 1997. I am surprised that all of them told me they would find a solution to the problem.”

On the direction of the PM, Nadda said, a high-level team of experts from the Government of India, including Dr Satish Challani, Head of Paediatric Department at Safdarjang Hospital; Dr Sushma Nangaia, Head of neo-natal unit at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi; and Dr M K Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner Immunisation, Union Health Ministry, were in Gorakhpur to find out how patients were being treated and suggest better protocols in the future, especially for AES (Acute Encephalitis Syndrome).

Adityanath said he had asked Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar, who accompanied him to the hospital, to personally inquire into both “the cause of death of the children” and also “reason for oxygen supply shortage”. “Hum nishkarsha par pahunche ki is pure prakaran ki jaanch awashyak hai (We have decided that an inquiry into the entire episode is a must),” said Adityanath, adding that he wouldn’t let this happen again.

Adityanath said he had fought for the children of Eastern Uttar Pradesh from “sarak se sansad (roads to Parliament)” and added that not just in Gorakhpur but anyone because of whom any life is lost across the state would not be spared. “Itni kadhor karyawahi Pradesh sarkar karegi ki woh manak banegi logon ke anushashan mein rehke karya karne ke bare mein (The state will take take such strict action that it will become a marker for how to work within discipline).”

The CM said BRD Medical College caters to a population of over 5 crore people of Gorakhpur and neighbouring areas, has about 950 beds and over 3,000 to 5,000 people visit it every day.

Ninety-eight children are admitted in its NICU at present, he added.

Telling the Congress “not to do politics and be sensitive over the issue”, Adityanath said Ghulam Nabi Azad should not forget the statement he gave as Union Health Minister while visting BRD Medical College. “He had said then that he cannot do much in the cases because it is a state subject,” said Adityanath.

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    ASIM CHAKRABARTI
    Aug 14, 2017 at 5:26 am
    Delivery of medical aid to every doorstep is possible ONLY by going for Hospital-in Ambulance.
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      Asim Chakrabarti
      Aug 14, 2017 at 5:14 am
      "I was not told" is the most powerful instrument for avoiding responsibility and a politician, public representative with experience of more than four decades needs this instrument for bypassing responsibility ! Mega plans with mega investment are being considered knowing fully well that such plans must end in totally forgetting the iotas.
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        Islamforfools
        Aug 14, 2017 at 1:43 am
        Wher are all fekuphiltis infected bhakts ??
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          Islamforfools
          Aug 14, 2017 at 1:43 am
          Phekuphalitis
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          Re
          Aug 14, 2017 at 1:40 am
          And this murderer will be proudly raise the flag on 15 aug with his dirty hands!
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            Imli
            Aug 13, 2017 at 11:05 pm
            The hospital has not paid the private company that supplies oxygen cylinders to the Hospital. Perhaps look at that Mr. CM... stead of firing the Doctors. Their job is not procurement, their job is providing medical services with whatever is available to them. If you had to work under similar conditions in ANY hospital in UP....and rest of India ...you would come to your senses pretty quickly.
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              Imli
              Aug 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm
              and to add...the private company simply cut off supply. Please find out how many times they tried to request their money and warn the Hospital they could not keep supplying their product without payment. Aapki badi meherbani hogi un logon par jhinone aapke oppar vishwas kar ke aap ki sarkar to satta thama di. Us galti ki itnee badee sazaa? Ghor anayaye hai yeh
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              Truth
              Aug 13, 2017 at 9:41 pm
              Kept in the dark in your own consti-tuency ??? Really ??? You need to be lynched along with Modi and Fatty-Shah !!!
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                mohanbabu k
                Aug 13, 2017 at 9:38 pm
                sheer "Massacre" in UP hospital , shame on all Indians celebrating 70years of Independence. Oh God , save Mother India!
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