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Congress seeks UP CM Yogi Adityanath's apology over Gorakhpur deaths

13 August 2017

The hospital had defaulted on the payment for oxygen as a result of which the firm sending the cylinders had stopped supply.

Following this, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress on Saturday asked Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to step down from his post. It seems like the authorities of Gorakhpur are not sacred of anyone. "The CM should initiate strict action against those responsible to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future", she said.

Mritunjaya Singh, whose seven-month-old son was at the hospital but was not among the dead, said: 'That's the time when the death of the children peaked'.

The shocking deaths in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital of 63 children turned into a blame game as officials passed the buck on who was actually responsible for the deaths. "For two hours, there was shortage of emergency cylinders, during which manual resuscitation procedure was carried out", he said.

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This after the initial agreement with the hospital which clearly mentions that arrears would not be more than Rs 10 lakh.

Officials in India are investigating why dozens of children have died at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh province in the past week and whether the spate of deaths is linked to a disruption in oxygen, a district magistrate said Friday.

Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel and the Union health secretary will take stock of the situation at Gorakhpur, the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) said.

At his briefing, Yogi also slammed Congress for politicizing a sensitive issue and said that the previous UPA government at the centre did not paid heed to the situation saying it was a state matter. We had the Chief Minister's visit on 9th, where he, along with other ministers, had a review meeting on encephalitis.

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The region is one of India's poorest and registers hundreds of child deaths each year from Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which is rife in parts of eastern and northern India.

Encephalitis is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain.

Deepankar Sharma of Pushpa Sales, the company that was contracted to supply oxygen to the medical college and hospital, on Saturday questioned the speed with which the hospital gathered funds, especially after days of not paying the dues, reported News18.

Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela said that the cause of the deaths at the BRD Hospital was the disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen and further appealed to the suppliers to not cut the supply henceforth.

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According to data procured from the BRD hospital, from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths have occurred in the hospital.

Congress seeks UP CM Yogi Adityanath's apology over Gorakhpur deaths