U criticises Kulaste's 'conspiracy' theory in Gorakhpur tragedy

Calvin Saunders
August 15, 2017

Blaming the Yogi Adityanath government for the tragedy, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav claimed that a shortage of oxygen supply in the hospital led to it.

The media was creating "false propaganda" as not a single death had taken place due to oxygen shortage, Adityanath had said.

Expressing anguish at the deaths of children, he said while there should be no politics on the issue, but action should be expedited against the guilty and the state government should try to get to the bottom of the tragedy.

The families of the children have claimed that the doctors were not treating them well and the hospital was not even providing the medicines which were required for the treatment.

The traumatic demise of 33 innocent children due to negligence in Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur town of Uttar Pradesh in a span of 72 hours has understandably shocked the conscience of the entire country.

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The deaths occurred over six days, with Indian media reporting that 30 children died Thursday and Friday because of a lack of oxygen on the children's wards. He added that Adityanath has ordered a probe into the matter, according to CNN News18.

Summary: "If Yogi Adityanath cannot take care of a medical college in Gorakhpur, how can he run the entire state?" he asked. He said in August 2014, 567 deaths, in August 2015, 668 deaths and in August 2016, 587 deaths were reported due to the Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis.

The Supreme Court Monday refused to take cognizance of the recent deaths of children at a government hospital at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

However, the issue of the unpaid bills for oxygen supply has become a flashpoint in relations between the hospital and the state government. Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was concerned about the incident and assured all cooperation to UP in health sector. "Cases of murder should be registered against the chief minister, health minister and other top officials involved", he said.

Addressing a press conference after conducting an inspection of the hospital on Sunday, Yogi said that a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of chief secretary to probe the tragic incident. Nadda announced that the Centre has approved Rs 85 crore for setting up a central virology research centre in Gorakhpur.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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