The tragic death of 70 kids within a span of 72 hours at the government -run Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur have raised serious questions about the incompetence of Uttar Pradesh government under Yogi Adityanath.
To save political leadership, Dr Kafeel Khan, the nodal officer for the Department of Pediatrics and Rajeev Mishra as college principal for negligence in delaying the release of payment to the supplier of oxygen to the hospital were suspended.
Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association has termed the Gorakhpur tragedy as “an administrative failure and suspension of principal as diversionary tactics and said that the investigation probing the tragedy must come out with the results within 72 hrs.
But CM Adityanath blamed the deaths due to the outbreak of Japanese encephalitis on polluted groundwater, lack of cleanliness and personal hygiene. To which Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati reacted , saying Dr Rajeev Mishra was made a “scapegoat” and termed as “irresponsible” the state health minister’s remarks that “many children die” in the month of August every year at this hospital.
Chief Minister Adityanath has cited the outbreak of Japanese encephalitis on polluted groundwater and lack of cleanliness and personal hygiene as the main reasons for the death of infants rather the dearth of oxygen due to inordinate delay in the supply of Oxygen.
Pushpa Sales Pvt Limited, the company that has been supplying liquid oxygen to BRD medical college, has gone on record blaming the callous attitude of the Uttar Pradesh government of Adityanath for not clearing the long pending payment dues in spite of the company dispatching at least seven reminders from February to August this year.
It is pertinent to mention that BRD medical college in Gorakhpur falls under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Lok Sabha constituency and this tragedy shows how little attention or priority is being given to the issues of heath department.
Meanwhile, Congress leadership has sought resignation of Adityanath and a supreme court monitored probe and registering of a murder case against those responsible for the “massacre” of children. After much outrage by the media and by the parents of the deceased children Yogi instead formed a high-level Committee to probe the cause of the deaths in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and the supply of oxygen,” he said. Health Minister J P Nadda announced that the Centre has approved the setting up of a regional medical centre in the City for research into children’s ailments. Thereafter, the Indian Medical Association, in a statement, said that the investigation probing the tragedy must come out with the results within 72 hrs.
He also warned that exemplary action would be taken against those found responsible for the scores of deaths. But the irony is that the chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s entire focus is on issuing a diktat of directing the madrasas across the state to record their patriotism. Yogi should instead start serving the people of the state rather than forcing nationalism.