It can be rightly said that Adityanath is the mother of all ills in the Gorakhpur tragedy involving extraordinary high number of deaths in Uttar Pradesh and he is desparately trying to save himself from the blame by shifting responsibility on the hospital’s medical chief Rajeev Mishra and head pediatrician Kafeel Khan.
The hospital records clearly shows that the none of the deaths at BRD Medical college died of the lack of oxygen. It is therefore erroneous on the part of administration to state that lack of okygen was not a cause of their death.It is obvious that oxygen was an indispensable remedy for their treatement.Government run hospital listed reasons like brain damage, cerebral palsy, low birth weight, sepsis and malnutrition that led to ulltimate deaths of the chidren-for example to state that a patient suffering form Malaria died of loss of breadth.
The last stage symptom is only a misnomer to misguide the probe.
UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that loss of life due to such a reason was nothing less than a “heinous crime”.
“Any death due to oxygen shortage is a heinous crime…Any laxity on this front is also a crime,” the UP health minister told.
Meanwhile,a panel led by UP chief secretary is studing all aspects related to the deaths at the state-run BRD medical college hospital and assured the greaving families that those found guilty would be punished, Singh promised.
Supply of liquid oxygen for children critically ill with encephalitis and premature newborns in the neo-natal ward ran out on because a vendor’s bills had not been paid but the Yogi Adityanath government has emphatically denied any deaths because of the oxygen shortage.But Adityanath indulged in damage control through digression saying that the condition of the wards at the hospital as unhygienic and dirty.
Now the chief minister should redeem himself by stepping down as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh as himself has promised to punish anyone found guilty of negligence.
But the entire incident where 71 children died needs focus and accountability ofthe chief minister himself.
As the Congress has accused the Yogi Adityanath government of not accepting its responsibility on the issue. UP Congress chief Raj Babbar said that his party will fight till the victims get justice.BJP , on the other hand, who plays political vendetta agianst the Opposition including Congress, has now accused the Congress of playing politics over deaths to save itself .
Yogi Adityanath spoke about the deaths at the BRD hospital in Gorakhpur in his Independence day speech and gave a bizarre argument by trying to shun the blame after the public scrutiny into the tragedy by saying “The cure of diseases such as encephalitis is hidden in the Swachch Bharat Mission.” He even dismissed the charges that children died allegedly due to disruption in the supply of oxygen.
While PM Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation delivered from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi, expressed sympathies with the families who had lost their children in the Gorakhpur tragedy.
“Sometimes, natural calamities become a very big challenge. Good rains contribute hugely to the prosperity of a nation. But due to climate change, sometimes, these natural calamities bring distress…a few days back, in many parts of the country, natural disasters took place. A few days back, at a hospital, our innocent children died. In this entire time of distress and sadness, sympathies of 125 crore people of the country are with them,” the PM said.
But PM Modi is also trying hard to save Adityanath government because he needs a saffron Chief minister in Uttar Pradesh for his own reasons.