In a shocking statement on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that people should not leave their children on government’s mercy once they are two years old.
The moment children turn two-years-old, I feel that parents might just start dumping their responsibilities on the government,
He said the safety of infants belongs to every section of the society. This responsibility cannot be left entirely to the government.
His remarks came in the wake of the death of 61 infants in the last 72 hours at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, triggering panic in the hospital.
It is the same hospital where 70 infant deaths were reported three weeks ago, from various causes including oxygen shortage. As per reports, more than 290 children have died in the hospital in August.
The hospital, the biggest in UP CM Yogi Adityanath's home base Gorakhpur, sees hundreds of patients from neighbouring Bihar, other districts of Uttar Pradesh and even Nepal. Earlier, the hospital allegedly faced charges of negligence in the supply of liquid oxygen leading to death of more than 60 infants.
An FIR was registered against the suspended principal of the BRD Medical College, Dr Rajiv Misra, along with six other hospital personnel. Further, he along with his wife was taken into custody on Tuesday by Uttar Pradesh's Special Task Force (STF) for questioning in connection with the death of 60 children within a span of 48 hours at the hospital.