New Delhi: As India gears up to celebrate 70 years of its Independence, this unfortunate episode where more than 34 innocent lives were lost due to the apathy and callous attitude of the government, will also be added as a shameful chapter. Is it because these innocent children don't fom a vote-back? Sixty-three children have lost their lives due to encephalitis and reported lack of oxygen supply at the BRD Medical college in five days, of whom many were infants, and 30 of the deaths were reported in the last 48 hours.
The medical college has been receiving massive funds from the state to tackle encephalitis, especially after Adityanath became the chief minister. Attendants and family members of the patients admitted, however, claim that despite the funds, there were neither doctors, nor proper treatment, adequate medicines or oxygen supply at the medical college. Here are the latest developments of the day surrounding the unfortunate episode:
-Wrote my resignation prior to that (suspension) taking responsibility of death of innocent children: Suspended Principal,BRD medical college
-We are suspending BRD medical college principal with immediate effect for this negligent behaviour : A Tandon, Minister for medical education
-High level probe to take place, headed by Principal Secy. Will wait for report, action will be taken. Till then suspending principal: Tandon
-Children have not died due to disruption of gas supply: UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh
-MoS Health Anupriya Patel & the Union Health Secretary will take stock of the situation from Gorakhpur, tweets PMO.
-PM is constantly monitoring situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central & UP Governments, tweets PMO
-Discussions happened in detail; but issue of gas supply that should've come to light didn't come up. Nobody spoke about it: UP Health Minister
-CM had visited BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur on July 9th, 9th August: Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh
-PM Modi is extremely saddened. Will be reaching Gorakhpur shortly so, I can get first hand information: A Patel, MoS Health & Family Welfare.