Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: UP govt removes BRD medical college nodal officer

Over 70 children have died since August 7 at the medical college in Gorakhpur , which falls under Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Lok Sabha constituency.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 13, 2017 8:27 pm
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In the aftermath of Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, the Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday removed Dr. Kafeel Khan as the nodal officer for the Department of Pediatrics of Baba Raghav Das Medical College, ANI reported.

Dr. Bhupendra Sharma has been appointed in place of Khan, whose removal comes a day after Rajeev Mishra was suspended from the post of college principal with immediate effect for negligence in delaying the release of payment to the supplier of oxygen to the hospital. In addition, Dr PK Singh, Principal of Rajkiya Medical College, Ambedkar Nagar, has been given additional charge of BRD Medical College.

Over 70 children have died since August 7 at the medical college in Gorakhpur , which falls under Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Lok Sabha constituency. Infections and possible disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward are being blamed for the death, but the hospital and district administration have dismissed the inadequate oxygen supply as the reason for the tragedy.

Among ailments, Japanese encephalitis is said to be the primary reason 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 thwart it off.

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On Saturday, CM Adityanath attributed a variety of ailments, not a cut in the supply of oxygen, as the reason for deaths. The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government has come under heavy scrutiny ever since the news broke out, with the Opposition demanding the resignation of state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh as well as of the chief minister.

With ANI, PTI inputs 

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    Rohit
    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:46 am
    Those who are not from Gorakhpur first do visit here and see the truth behind the God's angle Dr. Kafeel. He is practicing more in his own clinic in Rustampur area near Azad Chowk with a fee 500 rs.He spend his own money for oxygen during that wee hours because he was also part of that 2 commission game. Doctors with exception of 1 or 2 all are practicing private at their residence.You r a patient of BRD college but you hv to visit these hospital. In Gorakhpur a well planned system is functioning which there is a agent who supply patient only in those hospitals who paid them heavily.They are true Dracula for Common people. I myself lost my mother,and friends nephew in BRD PG college. We know these medical Terrorists very well.actually it's time to suspend all staff of BRD college including trainees. For CT scan to X rays you have to bribe them heavily,its matter of the time.
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      Amar Pandey
      Aug 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm
      Shameful act. This incident is also being used to polarize communities. This government is failing miserably. I hope, people will understand. If people do not understand, GOD anyway sees the truth even though he/she waits.
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        Amar Pandey
        Aug 13, 2017 at 9:09 pm
        Shameful act. This incident is also being used to polarize communities. This government is failing miserably. I hope, people will understand. If people do not understand, GOD anyway sees the truth even though he/she waits.
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          Raj
          Aug 13, 2017 at 8:57 pm
          Country will loose under bad governance of Modi and BJP.
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            Nanad
            Aug 13, 2017 at 8:52 pm
            Time to dump both Yogi and Modi. Both are bad for the country.
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