As Uttar Pradesh stays shaken up by the tragic death of over 60 children at Baba Raghav Das hospital of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Parliamentary constituency, Gorakhpur, the father of a 5 year old victim has filed an FIR against the state’s Health Secretary and two other ministers from the Yogi Cabinet. A daily wage labour from Bihar’s Gopalganj, the deceased’s father mentioned in his police complaint that the cause of death of his son was lack of oxygen. As reported by the Navbharat Times, he further stated in his complaint that medical staffs and the authority despite knowing the intensity of the situation, turned off the oxygen supply, leaving her son to die. Citing negligence in the supply of oxygen, the father blamed the state’s Health Secretary, Health Minister and Medical Education Minister for the death of his child.
In one of the major tragedy in the recent times, over sixty children had died at the hospital in Gorakhpur. While many links the death of the children with the lack of oxygen at the hospital, the medical authorities and the Yogi Adityanath government ruled out allegations connecting the deaths with oxygen shortage.
And even as the nation-wide outrage and heated political uproar continues following the tragic deaths, six more children had died since Saturday at the same hospital, taking up the children’s death toll to about 70. As reported by the Economic Times, Additional Director Health Pushkar Anand, confirming that the fresh deaths occurred between August 12 -14, said, “in the past three days — from August 12 to August 14 — six encephalitis patients, mostly children have died. In the same period, as many as 21 patients were admitted for treatment. At present nearly 75 encephalitis patients are undergoing treatment in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital .”
Meanwhile, indicating “gross callousness”, the National human Rights Commission (NHRC) had directed Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Secretary to submit a detailed report of the steps taken for the relief and rehabilitation of the victim’s family and has also urged for immediate cations against those guilty.
On the other hand, Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh claimed that evidences of bribery has come to fore at the hospital. The Economics Times quoted him saying, “As against the demand for Rs 68 lakh for payment of dues for oxygen cylinders at the hospital, the government released Rs two crore on August five. But the hospital administration made payments not before August 11 and even then it spent only Rs 11 lakh. Why? because of commissionkhori .”
By Priyam Mukhopadhyay