Gorakhpur tragedy: Pvt. chemical company supplies oxygen cylinders out of humanity

Gorakhpur tragedy: Pvt. chemical company supplies oxygen cylinders out of humanity

The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday suspended the Principal of the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur for the deaths of over 60 children.

However, the Union home ministry is said to have confirmed that 22 children died due to a shortage of liquid oxygen supply. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.

The Chief Minister of the state, Yogi Adityanath, a saffron-robed Hindu priest, is the elected Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur.

"The BJP, under the leadership of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is working towards the betterment of the people of the state".

Minister for medical education Ashutosh Tandon ruled out disruption in oxygen supply as the reason behind the deaths.

UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh, while addressing to the media, said an "appropriate investigation is to be done and brisk action would be made". In a letter written on August 1, 2017, the oxygen supply vendor, Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd had informed the hospital about cutting supply because of unpaid bills.

Of the 73 patients in the 100-bed encephalitis ward, 54 were on ventilator when the oxygen supply was disrupted at 7.30 am.

The uncle of an 11-year-old girl who died at the hospital told ABP news channel: "We didn't know what was happening at the time".

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a tweet, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought information about the Gorakhpur incident".

But he said it did not cause the children's deaths as there was a sufficient number of oxygen cylinders to ensure all the youngsters could be treated.

Most of the deaths were of children admitted to the neonatal and encephalitis wards.

Rautela said that the hospital owed 6.8 million rupees ($106,000) to the company, but added that it had adequate numbers of oxygen cylinders.

Atleast 60 children, newborn babies among them, have died over the past 5 days in a hospital in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in what appears to be a case of medical negligence.

In a heart-wrenching incident, at least 33 children were died in Gorakhpur's BRD medical college in last 36 hours due to disruption in liquid oxygen supply. Rautela, who has been camping in the medical college since Friday night, said he found out from doctors that no deaths occurred due to lack of oxygen.

Expressing his sympathies to the bereaved families, Adityanath said that encephalitis was a big challenge for the state government as well as an emotional issue for him as he have been waging a war against it since 1998.