Gorakhpur child deaths case: Dr Kafeel demands removal of 2 UP ministers
Dr Kafeel Khan, the doctor who was jailed in connection with child deaths in chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s home town Gorakhpur in 2017, on Tuesday demanded that health minister Siddharth Nath Singh and medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon should be removed from their posts.
“The health minister Siddharth Nath Singh and medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon, besides all those who ignored the letters sent to them about shortage of oxygen in BRD Medical College, are responsible for the death of 70 children in the hospital. Ironically, those responsible are monitoring the probe in this tragedy,” said Dr Khan alleged while addressing a press conference at UP Press Club.
He showed documents related to the incident which he procured via RTI while working at the BRD Medical College. Citing an example of Tunasia’s health minister who resigned after the death of 11 babies in a hospital on March 10, Khan said that in UP the number was much higher, but ministers never stepped down.
He said, “I have enough proof that shows that the tragedy could have been averted.”
Khan said that several committees were formed to probe the incident, including that under district magistrate, commissioner and the director general medical education, but none of these have concluded their probe till now.
“It is almost two years have passed, but parents of the dead children are still waiting for justice. However, those responsible are not paying attention towards this fact,” said Dr Khan.
Sharing his future plans Dr Khan said that he planned to set up a encephalitis centre in Gorakhpur region so that children effected with the disease could get appropriate medical care.