Just a few administrative and medical negligence and it cost 30 children their lives in just 48 hours.
So far at least 71, including infants, have died from encephalitis at the BRD Medical College hospital. After inaugurating a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit and a six-bed Critical Care Unit, he had visited a ward meant for children with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.
Ram Gopal also asked the state government to compensate the family of the children who lost their lives in the incident and matter should be probed thoroughly.
Tewari said the hospital administration, the oxygen supplier and the district administration, must be held guilty and charged for culpable homicide.
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Spending on public health in India, relative to the country's GDP, is among the lowest in the world.
Azad further said that Congress party had spent crores rupees to provide medical facilities in the hospital during the time of its ruling.
While reports say that lack of oxygen supply due to non-payment of bills caused the deaths, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government has announced a probe to uncover the reason behind the deaths. What happened here was due to lapse on the Uttar Pradesh government.
The procured data also shows the number of oxygen cylinders sent for refilling each day, showing a clear shortage of liquid oxygen in the hospital.
Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said on Friday: "No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to shortage of oxygen supply".
About 24 hours after the accident, the Yogi who came in front of the media said, "I have visited BRD Hospital on 9th July and 9th August".
He dubbed the suspension of the principal of the medical college as an "eyewash".
Despite calling the disruption of oxygen as a major lapse, the UP government maintained that none of the deaths were caused due to shortage of oxygen.
Chief Minister Adityanath had warned officials of strict action if any irregularity was detected in the treatment of the patients.