Gorakhpur Tragedy: BRD Hospital Principal Suspended, Probe Ordered

Following the furore over multitudes of deaths at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College's hospital in a span of few days allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply, the principal of the college has been suspended from his duties.

Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela said that the cause of the deaths at the BRD Hospital was the disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen and has further appealed to the suppliers to not cut the supply henceforth.

However, local sources said the legal action was on the cards against the firm accused of breaking the oxygen supply abruptly. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.

The district magistrate said that alternative arrangements have been made to ensure the availability of liquid oxygen in the hospital. The Congress today also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

"The Chief Minister should take moral responsibility and step down and so must the health minister Siddharth Nath Signh and Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon", he said. He said he had ascertained from the doctors that the deaths had not occurred from a lack of oxygen.

Sixteen years ago on August 6, 2001, the Moideen Badusha Mental Home in Erwadi witnessed one of the worst hospital tragedies, where 28 patients in the mental asylum died in an inferno when they failed to escape the wards.

Opposition leaders blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules the state, accusing it of neglect and indifference.

Indian news outlets are reporting that over two dozen children have died in a government-run hospital in northern India. "So the report about death of children because of oxygen issue is false".

City magistrate V K Srivastava said: "Many acute cases are referred to the hospital and on an average 10-11 kids die daily".

The development comes after 63 children lost their lives within a week at the government-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur constituency belonging to CM Yogi Adityanath.

Most deaths were reported from the neonatal and encephalitis wards.

Meanwhile, Parveen Modi, owner of Pushpa Sales company, which used to supply oxygen to the BRD hospital, denied that his company had the tender to supply oxygen.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi who expressed her grief towards the families who lost their children due to "medical negligence", urged the UP government to take immediate action against the ones responsible.

UP director general, medical education, K K Gupta told TOI, "Prima facie, the deaths did not take place due to problem in oxygen supply".

  • Rogelio Becker