SC refuses to take cognisance of Gorakhpur child deaths

A child being treated at the hospital

A child being treated at the hospital

The panel has called for a full-scale investigation and pointed out mismanagement at the hands of two senior doctors.

The Uttar Pradesh government has denied that the deaths were caused by lack of oxygen supply.

Earlier also several instances of deaths in the hospitals due to Japanese Encephalitis have been reported, it said. Numerous victims were infants who perished in the neo-natal intensive care unit.

During his visit to the BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur the other day, Yogi Adithyanath had alleged Azad had said he could not do anything to combat Japanese encephalitis in Gorakhpur since health was a state subject. In the report submitted to the governor of DM Gorakhpur, the negligence of all these has been revealed. Children seemed very much disturbed by these deaths.

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To another question, he said that a report had been sought from all the medical colleges and hospitals on the availability of oxygen or payment issues and everything has been found in order. Knowing that continuous oxygen supply is essential for encephalitis patients, Ahmad immediately rushed to a friend's nursing home and borrowed three jumbo oxygen cylinders. The firm is responsible for this because they shouldn't have done this as the supply of oxygen was key to saving the children's lives.

The Congress leader said that under the UPA government, Rs 150 crore was given to the BRD medical college hospital and a 100-bed ward was also constructed.

The Supreme Court on August 14 had initially been approached to take Suo motu cognisance of the deaths in the Gorakhpur hospital, however, the apex court said that the matter should first be taken to the Allahabad High Court. He rejected the Congress's demand for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's resignation and said, "It is Congress's job to ask for resignation".

He also claimed that the state government had cleared payment for the oxygen vendor on August 7 and that the hospital, had not released the funds till August 11. It was constituency of UP's Chief Minister Yogi and, paradoxically, questions had been raised by the same almost 20 times in capacity as MP between 2003 and 2014 over children deaths due to shortage of oxygen.

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