Gorakhpur, August 12: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday blamed the carelessness of Yogi Adityanath government after 63 people, including over 30 minors, died at Gorakhpur’s BRD Hospital in five days due to alleged oxygen shortage. “Heart-wrenching incident. Saddened by children’s death. This happened due to state govt’s carelessness,” said Azad after meeting the families of deceased children at the hospital.
68-year-old Azad demanded the resignation of UP Health Minister while asking UP CM to apologise. “Both Health Minister and Minister of Technical and Medical Education must resign. UP CM can’t step back from duty. He must apologise to state,” added Azad. Also, former Union Minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari speaking to ANI today said Health Minister and UP CM should take the moral responsibility of the incident and must step down.
The Congress delegation that reached the Gorakhpur hospital today said the horrifying incident took place due to lapse on government’s part. As per sources, deaths were caused after supply of oxygen was stopped on Friday night and in the last 3 days, 33 children died due to this. Yesterday, seven deaths were reported.
What did UP Govt Say?
The incident came just two days after UP CM visited the BRD hospital to review its functioning. Notably, his government has also denied that the reason behind the death of 63 people is lack of oxygen.
- Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya:
Dismissing the statements given by the Opposition, Maurya said that BJP government in UP is committed to the service of people with an assurance of taking strict action in the incident.
- Office of Yogi Adityanath:
Yogi Adityanath instructed Health Minister and Minister of Technical and Medical Education for proper investigation & strict action, tweeted his office.
- Cabinet Minister Ashutosh Tandon:
He informed that CM Adityanath is keeping a track of things and has asked him and Health Minister to inspect and give him a detailed report.
- UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh:
Singh assured of a proper and quick action as it is a serious matter. He urged opposition to not to politicise the issue.
Meanwhile, the department handling oxygen supply had written to the BRD hospital on August 3rd and 10th informing the authorities of the shortage of oxygen supply which was stopped due to pending payment.
As per ANI, families of children at BRD Medical College alleged discrepancy in treatment saying they’re buying food and medicine from outside.
Pushpa Gas Agency:
As per the agency, the children haven’t died due to lack of oxygen. HR Meenu Walia of the gas agency said that no one can stop supply like it as everyone is aware of the consequences. About the pending payment, she said her company had conveyed about this to the hospital authorities but never got a response.