No child died due to lack of oxygen, High level committee constituted: UP Health Minister
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 12-Aug-2017

Lucknow, August 12: Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and Minister Ashutosh Tandon held a press conference regarding the Gorakhpur tragedy on Saturday. Health Minister Singh confirmed that the disruption of gas supply wasn't the reason behind the incident. Tandon said that BRD medical college principal has been suspended.

The Uttar Pradesh government has set up a committee to ascertain the lapses in the deaths of children at the BRD medical college. “A high-level probe will take place, headed by Principal Secretary. Will wait for the probe report and action will be taken. We are suspending the principal until then,” said UP Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon.

 

Earlier, Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh arrived in Gorakhpur to take stock of the situation at BRD Medical College Hospital where death of 60 children has been reported since August 7. Singh asked Opposition to not politicise the deaths of children at the state-run BRD Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued directives to authorities to reach the spot and initiate intensive probe, while ensuring strict action. District Magistrate Gorakhpur has also initiated Magisterial probe into the matter. He has reiterated that no casualty has been taken due to paucity of oxygen. Director General Health Dr KK Gupta already camping at Gorakhpur with his associates.

Notably, 23 children died at the hospital on Thursday, 14 of them in the neo-natal ward, where premature newborns are kept. While nine children died the previous day when the Chief Minister visited, nine on Monday, 12 on Tuesday and seven on Friday, according to the hospital.