Yogi breaks down at Gorakhpur hospital, promises action against those responsible

Principal resigns; Mayawati says he has been made scapegoat state Cong seeks CM’s resignation, compensation for victims’ keens
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13 Aug 2017

Addressing media after visiting Baba Raghav Das College Hospital in Gorakhpur, chief minister Yogi Adityanath today broke down and said that anyone found guilty of negligence would not be spared.
"Nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than me.We are waiting for the report of the committee constituted by our Government. I would urge everyone to wait for that report. Not just in Gorakhpur but across the state, if any death is caused by the negligence of the hospital authorities the government will take strong action those responsible," said the chief minister. Yogi Adityanath also asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very much concerned and hence has sent Union health minister JP Nadda to take the stock of the situation. "After becoming the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, this was my fourth visit to the BRD medical college. Our campaign against encephalitis is not new, it has been running for quite some time," said Yogi Adityanath.
Adityanath also sought the Centre's help to set up a virus research centre in the eastern part of the state to fight vector borne diseases like encephalitis, which claim several lives each year. "The atmosphere of eastern UP is such that there are many vector borne diseases like encephalitis. To stop the diseases we need to have a full-fledged Central Virus Research Centre," he said. J P Nadda, who accompanied Yogi told media that the Centre has approved Rs 85 crore for setting up a central Viral Research Centre in Gorakhpur. "The approval for a Central-level Viral Research Centre has been given. The research centre will be set up in Gorakhpur to help in finding out the real problems of the vector borne diseases in the areas of eastern UP and will help in finding a permanent solution. For this purpose the Centre will release Rs 85 crore," said Nadda.
Earlier in the day, the Opposition demanded Yogi Adityanath's resignation as chief minister. Briefing media, over the heart-wrenching Gorakhpur incident, UP Congress president accused Yogi govt of the tragic death of 70 children at BRD hospital and said that the tragedy clearly reflects the failure of the state government.  "This government is a murderer. These children have not died but killed. The more shameful about this case is the fact that it happened in Yogi Adityanath's constituency. If he can't take care of the need of his constituency then how can he fulfil the responsibility of a state like Uttar Pradesh? He should immediately resign from his post," the Congress leader had said. Meanwhile, tragedy continued to descend upon Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital, as another child succumbed to encephalitis today, taking the death toll over 70. Meanwhile, principal of the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur Dr Rajeev Mishra, who was suspended following the tragedy, today resigned from the post. Confirming the resignation of Mishra from the post of the BRD medical college principal, UP health minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, "Yes, he has resigned. But no good, because we have already suspended him and initiated enquiry of his misdoings."
In his letter to the Director General of Medical Education and Training, the principal said that he tendered his resignation from the post taking the moral responsibility for the recent death of 30 children admitted in the hospital's paediatric ward. Earlier, Singh and UP medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon had said that Mishra was suspended for his "irresponsible act" of allegedly delaying payment to the supplier of oxygen cylinders. They also said that a probe, led by the state chief secretary, had been ordered. Reacting to the development, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said BRD college principal has been made a "scapegoat. Mayawati also termed as "irresponsible" Uttar Pradesh health minister Sidharth Nath Singh's remarks that "many children die" in the month of August every year at the Gorakhpur-based state-run hospital.
After the death of the children at the hospital amid allegations that the oxygen supply was cut over unpaid bills, Singh had said the average daily toll for August at the BRD College was between 17 and 18 in the last three years. "The health minister's statement is irresponsible. Our party condemns it," Mayawati said. The state government had on Saturday suspended the BRD college principal "owing to laxity". The principal had later resigned taking "moral responsibility" for the death of the children admitted in the hospital's paediatric ward.
The UP Congress today termed the large number of infant deaths in a Gorakhpur hospital "murder" and demanded chief minister Yogi Adiytanath's resignation, saying if he was unable to handle an institution, how will he run the state. "70 children were murdered in the last four days (since August 10). The state government is responsible for their murder. This government is a killer and I want to ask how many more children will be killed," Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar told newspersons here.
"When a chief minister is unable to handle a medical college in his home district, how would he run the state? He should immediately resign from his post," Babbar told a press conference here while attacking the UP chief minister. Demanding a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for the victim's parents, he said a case of murder should be lodged against those who are guilty. Babbar said the Congress would run a state-wide campaign on the issue but did not disclose the date when it would start. He hailed the media for the "unbiased reporting" on the issue and said, "Who will decide it was death or murder? The entire focus of the government is on cow-slaughter, singing of Vande Matram, where the flag is being hoisted on August 15". The Congress leader said that under the UPA government, Rs 150 crore was given to the BRD medical college hospital and a 100-bed ward was also constructed.
In New Delhi, the Congress today demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the death of at least 30 children at a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur, alleging that the Yogi Adityanath government, through "operation cover-up", was attempting to bury the truth. The party said according to reports that have emerged till now, the unusually high number of deaths occurred due to neglect and mismanagement, and not due to any disease as is being claimed by the BJP government in the state.