Gorakhpur: Govt panel recommends stock audit at BRD hospital

Gorakhpur deaths: It also held Chief Medical Superintendent Rama Shankar Shukla, HoD of Paediatric Department Mahima Mittal and nodal officer of ward 100, Kafeel Ahmed Khan, guilty of lack of coordination.

By: Express News Service | Gorakhpur | Updated: August 19, 2017 1:40 pm
Gorakhpur, gorakhpur news, adityanath, Gorakhpur tragedy, gorakhpur deaths, Gorakhpur tragedy: A total of 72 children have died since August 7. (Source: Express Photo/Vishal Srivastav)

A COMMITTEE set up by the UP government to inquire into reports of shortage of liquid oxygen at Gorakhpur-based BRD Medical College and Hospital, allegedly leading to the deaths of over 60 children, has recommended proper “audit” of the stocks maintained at the paediatric department, prima facie suspecting “financial anomalies”.

The five-member team, comprising district officials and the chief medical officer, is headed by Gorakhpur Additional Commissioner (Administration) Sanjay Singh.

“First of all, we found lack of coordination among doctors, who were looking after administration work as well. No one can claim that they did not have information about the warnings giving by the liquid oxygen supplier, as letters sent by it were marked by the department head to the medical college principal. But he went on leave without finding a solution to the problem, despite knowing the sensitivity of the issue,” Singh told The Indian Express.

“The lack of coordination was also reflected in the fact that Dr Satish Kumar, head of anesthesia — responsible for ensuring uninterrupted supply of liquid oxygen — went on leave without proper permission at a time when the shortage was being faced,” he added.

Gorakhpur, gorakhpur news, adityanath, Gorakhpur tragedy, gorakhpur deaths, Gorakhpur: UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister J P Nadda during an inspection of the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur on Sunday. (Source: PTI Photo)

The committee has allegedly found that while a “log book” of oxygen cylinders was started on August 10, a “stock book” — mentioning how many cylinders are in stock — had overwriting in several places. Following this, it prima facie suspected “financial anomaly” and recommended “audit” of the entire stock.

Further, the report held Satish Kumar, along with at least three accountants, prima facie guilty of not “fulfilling their duties”. It also held Chief Medical Superintendent Rama Shankar Shukla, HoD of Paediatric Department Mahima Mittal and nodal officer of ward 100, Kafeel Ahmed Khan, guilty of lack of coordination.

While the hospital administration has been found guilty of not clearing payment to the liquid oxygen supplier despite having budget for the same, the report concluded that Pushpa Sales Private Limited should not have stopped the oxygen supply considering “the life-saving nature” of its work, said sources.

Moreover, the committee has reportedly found that while Satish Kumar and chief pharmacist G Jaiswal were responsible for maintaining a “stock book” of cylinders, records were not maintained properly.

Moreover, Principal Rajeev Mishra was out of the district headquarters on August 10 and Satish Kumar went to Mumbai on August 11 without providing any prior written information on the day the oxygen shortage was reported. The report has found both officials guilty of leaving the hospital and district headquarters without finding solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, PTI reported that one more child died at the hospital on Thursday, raising the number of deaths to 72 since August 7. The deceased was admitted in the encephalitis ward of the medical college.

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  1. Mohan Tvm
    Aug 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Punish the guilty. That will be the best deterrence than auditing every now and then. Punish them immediately instead of dragging the case in courtrooms and trial by medias. Even though Pushpa s turn off the oxygen supply to the hospital on August 10, enough backup cylinders and hand pumps were available in hospital stores. The reason for why the cylinders are missing is known to all. Kerala is the state having more number of hospitals with most modern advanced facilities. But in June this year, more than 600 people died of fever in state. Kejriwal had provided free water, electricity and medical care his citizens in Delhi. But many people died of Chicken Guinea in the capital city
    1. Abdul Salam
      Aug 18, 2017 at 8:32 am
      but only kafeel khan was made villain just make the case communal and change the narrative of failure of government. media is controlled by bjp
      1. B
        Aug 18, 2017 at 1:29 pm
        Dear Mr m No. Khan has not been 'made the villain. Where 18 are Muslim, surely some Muslim will be in anything good/bad that happens? Or maybe because he is Muslim, one should simply not even mention his name and consider him innocent? Can we, together, just get on with solving any issue and become more efficient, kind and caring to all, not just because somebody is or isn't Muslim? In the Nirbhaya case, Mohamed Afroz the youngster was given only juvenile custody although he was the cruelest.
        1. Mohan Tvm
          Aug 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm
          Commie controlled media barons are like vultures. FULTON SHEEN says in "Role of Communism" - Wherever the carcass is, there shall come the vultures ... Communism is the scavenger of a decaying civilization