Gorakhpur, August 12: After news of 30 children dying due to alleged lack of oxygen in BRD ( Baba Raghav Das) hospital in Gorakhpur broke out, the hospital released a payment of Rs 20.84 lakh on Friday to Pushpa gas agency so that supply of oxygen continues. Reportedly, the hospital had to clear a due amount of approximately Rs 65 lakh.
Deepankar Sharma of Pushpa Sales told News 18 that they get the supply of oxygen from Inox Company located in Rewari, Rajasthan. “Being a distributor we were after the authorities of the hospital for months to get our payment cleared but every time we had to return empty handed as they never had sufficient funds,” said Sharma. He spoke to News 18 over the phone and was clueless how hospital managed to arrange funds after the death of 30 children as it even promised his agency to make a payment of Rs 30 lakhs today.
“Since February I have been visiting the hospital in order to receive the fat payment. I had even met Rajeev Mishra, the medical college principal, and even he said that hospital had no funds,” stated Sharma. After our hopes of retrieving the swollen amount was demolished we served authorities of the hospital a legal notice, added Sharma.
However, it was noticed, that Pushpa gas agency on August 1 had threatened the hospital in a letter to cut the supply of gas if the due amount of Rs 64 lakh was not cleared. The administration of Gorakhpur denied that children died due to lack of oxygen as the hospital had sufficient oxygen in the backup but it did admit that oxygen supply had disrupted.
Sharma said that on August on 4 his company arranged funds for oxygen for the hospital despite not being paid.