A highpower probeis ordered to enquire into the death of 63 children including new born and others due to stoppage oxygen in the Baba Raghvdas Medical College in Gorakhpur, constituency of UP chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, sending shockwaves throughout the country.
Prime Minister has enquired about the matter and chief minister has deputed his health minister to go to Gorakhpur and look into the matter. Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath called for an emergency meeting to study the situation and decide on the immediate steps apparently. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has also deputed a party delegation to visit the hospital and report.
The sad incident which according to hospital sources occurred to stoppage of oxygen supplies . Due to non- payment pending bills amounting to Rs.66 lakhs to the supplier – Pudhpa Sales – who had warned as early August 1 about its inability to continue supplies. UP government officials while admitting to disruption of oxygen supplies however refuse to accept it as the cause for deaths. The initial government reaction was that the death was due to encephalitis and medical reasons. According to district magistrate, Rajiv Rautela , alternative arrangements had been made from neighbouring SantKabir Nagar district to ensure availability of liquid oxygen. The exact reasons would be known after the report of the enquiry committee.
The liquid oxygen plant in the hospital was installed two years ago and at a time 300 patients could be given piped oxygen supplies. According to reports after the plant went dry the supplies stopped and the doctors used ambu- bags but oxygen through this could not be given beyond two hours. The supplier had sent repeated reminders to the hospital and college authorities, considered among the biggest in the state.Ironically 48 hours before the tragic incident state chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, had visited the hospital and had assured more facilities for the hospital.
Meanwhile up police official raided pushpa sales office premises in Lucknow.