Another child suffering from encephalitis passed away in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College on Sunday morning. This brings the toll of the hospital ward to 69 since August 10.
The matter of shocking number of deaths in BRD Hospital came to light on Friday, when it was reported that at least 30 kids died in the medical college over the period of 48 hours after the oxygen supplier cut off supply due to non-payment of dues.
Here are the live UPDATES:
#5:45 PM: Dr. Bhupendra Sharma has been appointed as new Nodal Officer for the Department of Pediatrics of Baba Raghav Das Medical College
Dr. Bhupendra Sharma has been appointed as new Nodal Officer for the Department of Pediatrics of Baba Raghav Das Medical College, #Gorakhpur— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 13, 2017
#5:40 PM: Dr PK Singh, Principal of Rajkiya Medical College, Ambedkar Nagar, has been given additional charge of BRD Medical College.
# 5:30 PM: BREAKING News: Dr Kafeel Khan, vice principal of BRD college removed from post over negligence.
# 4:32 PM: Investigation results to come within 72 hrs, with or without post mortem. Payments a major issue&must be made on time: KK Aggarwal IMA President
Investigation results to come within 72 hrs, with or without post mortem. Payments a major issue&must be made on time: KK Aggarwal IMA Pres pic.twitter.com/s7pG6JiZwR— ANI (@ANI) August 13, 2017
#4:30 PM: Passed 3 resolutions-suspension of principal alone wrong. If you're suspending him, suspend local admin too&ban company: IMA President
#4:00 PM: I have approved regional medical research centre that will be established in #Gorakhpur with an expense of Rs. 85 Cr : Union Health Min JP Nadda
#3:35 PM: Delhi Govt. to hold emergency meeting in wake of Gorakhpur tragedy (Read Full Story Here)
#2:35 PM: The dues were paid to oxygen supplier's account, so there is no base in the news that supply was disrupted: CM Adityanath
#2:26 PM: I request you all to see the matter not as a political issue (Siyasat) but as a sensitive one (Samvedna): CM Adityanath
#2:25 PM: Rs 85 crores have been sanctioned to build a viral research centre to study infectious diseases in the region: Min JP Nadda
#2:25 PM: Japenese Encephalitis has been added to Universal Immunisation Programme at Yogi Ji's request: Min JP Nadda
#2:23 PM: PM Modi is keeping a close vigillance on the situation in BRD Medical College: Min JP Nadda
#2:23 PM: Central team has reached here and are taking stock of the situation: Min JP Nadda
#2:22 PM: Union Health Minister JP Nadda addresses press conference
#2:20 PM: We cannot win this war untill we have full-fledged viral research centre: CM Adityanath
#2:17 PM: UP Govt will not spare anyone who will directly or indirectly cause loss of human lives: CM Adityanath
#2:14 PM: I am giving free hand to journalists to dig deep and visit all wards with their camera to understand truth behind the story; CM Adityanath
#2:13 PM: CM Yogi Adityanath tears up during press conference, says my door is always open for any complaints
#2:11 PM: This is my fourth visit to BRD Hospital since I have become CM: Adityanath
#2:11 PM: On August 9, I held a meeting here. CMOs of nine districts were invited. I had asked them what arrangements are being made to reduce number of cases or cure encephalitis
#2:10 PM: The children in the region are regulary given medicines and vaccines to keepthem away from deadly virus: CM Adityanath
#2:10 PM: The fight is against encephalitis, anyone who lives in Gorakhpur knows what is the situation: CM Adityanath
#2:09 PM: The investigations reports have been submitted to us: CM Adityanath
#2:07 PM: Centre has sent us high-level experts, Health Minister JP Nadda for support: CM Adityanath
#2:06 PM: Nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than me: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
#2:05 PM: CM Adityanath addresses press conference after hospital visit, thanks PM Modi for support
#1:10 AM: Criminal negligence. 63 children died due to lack of oxygen. People must be made accountable: Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M)
#12:35 PM: Congress leader Raj Babbar addresses press conference on infant deaths
- What will you investigate? You already gave verdict that the deaths were not due to lack of oxygen: Raj Babbar, Congress on UP CM
#12:30 PM: CM Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister JP Nadda reach BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur
#11:55 AM: DM, Joint Commissioner submit reports to CM Yogi Adityanath; reports mention disruptions to oxygen supply
#11:02 AM: CM Yogi Adityanath reaches BRD Hospital after 3 days
#9:30 AM: CM Yogi Adityanath leaving for Gorakhpur shortly
#9:11 AM: Union Health Minister JP Nadda leaving for Gorakhpur shortly
Notably, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the facility on August 9 to take stock of its operations. However, reports say that the CM was not informed about shortage or any disurptions in oxygen supply.
The media hue and cry on the issue led to political upheaval on the matter and principal of the medical college Dr Rajeev Mishra was suspended, pending inquiry. He resigned from his post on Saturday.
Confirming the resignation of Mishra from the post of the BRD medical college principal, UP Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, “Yes, he has resigned. But no good, because we have already suspended him and initiated enquiry of his misdoings.”
In his letter to the Director General of Medical Education and Training, the principal said that he tendered his resignation from the post taking the moral responsibility for the recent death of 30 children admitted in the hospital’s paediatric ward.
Earlier, Singh and UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon had said that Mishra was suspended for his “irresponsible act” of allegedly delaying payment to the supplier of oxygen cylinders.
They also said that a probe, led by the state chief secretary, had been ordered.