Gorakhpur, August 12: A day after 60 children lost their lives in Gorakhpur’s state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College due to lack of oxygen, Twitteratis on Saturday started trolling Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag for not holding the current Uttar Pradesh government responsible for the death of kids.
According to reports, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday said stringent action will be taken against those found guilty of the high number of death of infants that took place in Gorakhpur’s state-run hospital.
Virendra Sehwag who is quite active on social media tweeted, “Deeply pained by the loss of innocent lives in #Gorakhpur . More than 50000 children have lost their lives here since encephalitis was first reported in 1978, the year I was born. We Still haven’t figured a way to save innocent lives from a known disease. Heartbreaking”. However, the cricketer didn’t hold anyone responsible for the death of children.
Soon after his comments on social media, Twitterati started trolling him and some even said that Virendra Sehwag didn’t even have a spine to criticise the government for its failure.
On Friday night, Gorakhpur district magistrate Rajeev Rautela said at least 30 children had died in the Medical College in 48 hours. However, the state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh said according to reports from the paediatric department of the college, 60 children died since August 7, due to various diseases.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Saturday said, “Whosoever is found guilty in the tragic and painful incident at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur will certainly face stringent action”.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has called for a detailed probe in the incident and assured that strict action will be taken against those who will be found responsible.
Meanwhile, several senior ministers today afternoon left for Gorakhpur to take stock of the situation at the medical college.
Siddharth Nath Singh, today said, “The Chief Minister was not informed by the doctors and officials about the shortage of oxygen neither on July 9 or August 9. The shortage was not highlighted. The medical education minister was also not briefed about the matter”.
Senior officials said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is keeping a close watch on the entire issue and the government will take appropriate action against the accused.
Gorakhpur District Magistrate had not given any reason for the deaths, however, the Union Home Ministry said according to the SP of Gorakhpur, 21 children died due to the shortage of supply of liquid oxygen.
Meanwhile, Congress said that UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh must resign taking “moral responsibility” for the deaths.