Highlights | Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Yogi Adityanath urges people to see things in ‘right perspective’
30 children died since Thursday in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College due to shortage of oxygen supply.india Updated: Aug 12, 2017 21:24 IST
At least 30 children have died since Thursday in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College amid allegations that a private contractor stopped supplying oxygen cylinders as the government-run hospital hasn’t paid dues of about Rs 70 lakh.
The Uttar Pradesh government denied the charge, saying alternative arrangements for oxygen supply were made and the patients died of “various medical reasons and illnesses”.
8:00pm: Won’t spare those responsible for child deaths, says Yogi Adityanath
7:56pm: During my visit, no one at the hospital mentioned the issue of oxygen supply, says CM Adityantah
7:54pm: We have constituted a committee to be lead by Chief Secretary to inquire the role of oxygen supplier in the incident: UP CM
7:51pm: Report on correct number of deaths and the cause of death will be out soon, says UP CM
7:50pm: Different media outlets have reported a different toll on number of deaths, says Adityanath
7:49pm: Health secretary govt of India, has also reached Gorakhpur: UP CM
7:48pm: PM Modi has expressed worry over media reports on Gorakhpur hospital deaths, says Adityanath
7:47pm: The report of deaths at BRD Medical College is in news since yesterday. I want to thank you that you have attracted our attention to an important issue, says CM Adityanath
7:30pm: Earlier during the day, while addressing a gathering at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh CM said the death of children was caused by filth and scourge of open defecation. “Gandagi ki wajah se is desh ka baccha asamay kaal kalvit ho raha hai (Unclean surroundings are causing untimely death of children),” he said.
7:25pm: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath will address a press conference shortly
7pm: BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj said 30 infants died in a Gorakhpur hospital because oxygen supply was cut off over non-payment of dues.
“The deaths which took place in a Gorakhpur hospital were very saddening. The person, who switched off the oxygen supply on the pretext of non-payment of dues, was responsible for the incident,” the MP from Unnao told reporters.
6.40pm: Yogi Adityanath calls for a meeting of UP ministers Siddharth Nath Singh, Ashutosh Tandon and minister of state health Anupriya Patel.
6.15pm: Opposition SP and BSP say infant deaths an outcome of UP govt’s gross criminal negligence, demand high-level probe; will send teams to Gorakhpur.
6pm: In UP’s Gorakhpur more than 60 children have died. Congress party is with the bereaved families: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi says in Raichur.
5.40pm: Union health minister JP Nadda has spoken to Yogi Adityanath and assured him of assistance from the Centre, reports ANI.
The report adds that Adityanath assured Nadda that “all aspects of deaths at BRD Medical college are being examined.”
5pm: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanathsays encephalitis is a challenge.
4.45pm: Suspended BRD medical college principal says he had given his resignation prior to the suspension, taking responsibility for the tragedy, ANI reports.
4.30pm: The supply of oxygen to the hospital will resume on Saturday night after the institution partially cleared its dues.
4.15pm: The principal has been suspended until a high level probe is completed: UP health minister Sidharth Nath Singh.
“Owing to laxity, the principal of BRD Medical College has been suspended with immediate effect,” Singh told reporters.
4pm: UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh admits that the oxygen supply was cut off for two hours, but the children didn’t die due to disruption of gas supply.
3.45pm: The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, “PM is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central and UP Governments.”
3.28pm: The owner of one of the firms that supplied oxygen to the hospital said his contract had ended in March and was not renewed, news agency IANS reported.
3pm: Union health minister JP Nadda has asked minister of state for health Anupriya Patel and Health Secretary C K Mishra to visit Gorakhpur to look into the deaths of children
2pm: The Uttar Pradesh government said that stringent action will be taken against those found guilty in the high number of death of infants in Gorakhpur’s state-run Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College.
“Whoever is found guilty in the tragic and painful incident at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur will certainly face stringent action,” Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya told PTI in Lucknow on Saturday.
1.45pm: “The current government is responsible for the deaths of children in Gorakhpur due to the lack of oxygen. Strict action should be taken,” tweeted former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.