1. Gorakhpur hospital tragedy updates: Yogi Adityanath appeals media to report correct figures, says role of Oxygen supplier will be probed

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy updates: Yogi Adityanath appeals media to report correct figures, says role of Oxygen supplier will be probed

A dreadful tragedy has taken place in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical (BRD) College's hospital. The tragedy has till now claimed 63 lives due to alleged shortage of oxygen,

By: | Updated: August 12, 2017 9:11 PM
“I appeal all you to report correct figures of death, it will serve humanity,” Adityanath said.

A dreadful tragedy has taken place in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College’s hospital. The tragedy has till now claimed 63 lives due to alleged shortage of oxygen, according to ANI. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Saturday said the guilty will not be spared. Over 30 infants at Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College’s hospital died due to alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen. Meanwhile, Adityanath called an emergency meeting over the same. Earlier in the day, the alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen at the hospital claimed lives of two more children. The shortage of oxygen allegedly led to encephalitis, which is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain, following which the children died. A Congress delegation comprising senior leaders on Saturday visited the tragedy-struck Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College’s hospital. The delegation comprising senior Congress leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad, Raj Babbar, Pramod Tiwari, RPN Singh along with others, met the doctors and patients. Here are all the  updates:-

8.50 pm: When the money released by Medical Education has reached there, is it the mistake of the Minster or the Principal?: UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

8.40 pm: Supplier wrote letter to the Principal on August 1 which was sent to DG medical education on Aug 4 and money was released on Aug 5: UP CM

8.30 pm: The hospital was granted funds in advance: Adityanath

8.24 pm: Ashutosh Tandon briefs about the role of Oxygen supplier in the issue.

8.21 pm: UP Health Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon adressing media.

8.20 pm: SN Singh details the figures about number of deaths in BRD hopitals.

8.15 pm: Uttar Pradesh Health Minister SN Singh is now addressing media.

08.10 pm: He appealed media to report “correct figures” of deaths. “Mai aap logo se appeal karna chahunga ki agar aap log maut ke sahi aankdein logo ke saamne rakhenge to manvata ki badi sewa hogi, (I appeal all you to report correct figures of death, it will serve humanity)” Adityanath said.

8.05 pm: Adityanath said that UP Government has formed a committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to probe into the role of the Oxygen supplier in the issue.

8.00 PM: Guilty won’t be spared: UP CM

7:58 PM PM Modi is concerned about the incident, has assured all help: UP CM

7:55 PM: A probe committee has been set up to probe role of oxygen supplier

7:50 PM Will keep fighting encephalitis: UP CM Will keep fighting encephalitis: UP CM

7:48 PM: UP CM Yogi Adityanath addressing media over Gorakhpur incident.

6:30 PM UP CM Yogi Adityanath calls meeting of UP ministers Siddharth Nath Singh, Ashutosh Tandon and MoS Health Anupriya Patel over Gorakhpur incident

5:45 PM CM Yogi Adityanath told Union Health Minister JP Nadda that all the aspects of deaths at BRD Medical college are being examined.

5:40 PM Union Health Minister JP Nadda spoke to UP CM Yogi Adityanath, assured him of assistance/expertise from the Centre

5:30 PM WATCH: UP CM Yogi Adityanath speaking on child deaths in #Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, says “Encephalitis is a challenge”.

4:30 PM MoS Health Anupriya Patel & the Union Health Secretary will take stock of the situation from Gorakhpur, tweets PMO

4:20 PM PM is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central & UP Governments, tweets PMO

4:10 PM UP government suspends principal of BRD medical college

3:45 PM CM had visited BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur on July 9th August. 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

3:40 PM No child died due to lack of oxygen, claims Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh

3:35 PM UP CM had visited BRD Medical College in #Gorakhpur on July 9th August: Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh

3:30 PM Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh is addressing a press conference on Gorakhpur tagedy

3:10 PM PM Narendra Modi is extremely saddened. Will be reaching Gorakhpur shortly, says Anupriya Patel MoS Health & Family Welfare

2PM UP minister Ashutosh Tandon & Siddharth Nath Singh hold meeting with BRD Medical College authorities.

1:50 PM Have made 3-member team who will take stock of situation at the hospital and update me on current situation: BSP Chief Mayawati

1:10 PM Minister JP Nadda has also sought a detailed report from UP Health Min SN Singh & Technical/Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon

1:00PM Union Health Minister JP Nadda directs MoS Health & Family Welfare Anupriya Patel to visit Gorakhpur

12:55 PM Govt trying to run away from responsibilities that’s why saying that opposition is politicising the situation: Akhilesh Yadav

12:50 PM Govt not doing their job. They are busy in hounding SP workers. See what happened in Bareilly & Ballia: Akhilesh Yadav

12:45 PM Govt not revealing truth. Therefore delegation from SP will go to BRD Medical College to see the situation and inform govt and party: Akhilesh Yadav

12:40 PM Repeatedly communicated about pending payments to concerned authorities but never got response: Meenu Walia, HR Pushpa Gas Agency

12:35 PM Deaths not due to oxygen supply cut-off, no one can stop supply like this, we know consequences: Meenu Walia, HR Pushpa Gas agency

12:25 PM 11 year old suffering from Encephalitis passes away, taking death toll at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College to 63.

12:20 PM UP CM instructed Health Min and Min of Technical & Medical Education for proper investigation & strict action, tweets office of UP CM

12:15 PM Opposition giving statements in haste. UP govt is committed to service of people. Strict action to be taken: KP Maurya, UP Dy CM

12:10 PM Parents of children who died must get compensation, free medicine must be provided to poor families across UP: Ram Gopal Yadav, SP leader

12:10 PM Department handling oxygen supply wrote to authorities on 3 and 10 Aug to inform of shortage as Pushpa Sales stopped supply over pending payment

12:00 PM Hope he (Yogi Adityanath) has enough shame in him to go&regret to the parents & quit on moral grounds: Sudhindra Bhadoria

11:50 AM Matter of great shame for UP CM. If there’s any morality in govt he should quit and go, for such disaster has happened: Sudhindra Bhadoria, BSP leader

11:40 AM Both Health Minister and Minister of Technical and Medical Education must resign. UP CM can’t step back from duty. Must apologise to state, demands Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad

11:30 AM Heart-wrenching incident. Saddened by children’s death. This happened due to state govt’s carelessness: Ghulam Nabi Azad

11:20 AM Not a tragedy, it’s a massacre: Kailash Satyarthi on Gorakhpur hospital deaths

11:10 AM Considering he (Yogi Adityanath) is both MP & CM must take moral responsibility & step down, so should his Health Minister: Manish Tewari

11:00 AM Congress delegation reaches BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur; what happened was due to lapse on the government’s part says Congress’s RPN Singh


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  1. S
    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    it is really heartening to find the PMO and PM intervening. however would have appreciated if the CM and the state official dealt swiftly on this. Need a quick timebound interrogation for the cause and update to the country. people responsible should be behind bars. this just can't go on. we are going into the ages of the past governments with chalta hai- these are kids dying. can't accept it. for everybody just think and imagine the plight of the parents. heart goes out to the parents but need a proper action here.
    1. V
      Aug 12, 2017 at 5:55 pm
      PM Modi has come to power with good intentions. Now he is facing the challenge of gap between intention and action. Issue with him is the political system of India. Agenda he is setting is the outcome of his thinking of Indian conditions and his assessment of best suited solutions. PM strongly feels about his agenda. Important thing to be noted is there is no formal team of politicians (not NITI Ayog) for structured deliberations. He is putting up the idea to reach his intentions and seniors and bureaucrats are entrusted to formulate delivery mechanism. Diverse geography added with diverse political ambitions make the delivery task more cumbersome. Parent organisation feeds him the vision. With all this, ambition to retain and spread the ruling power is also weighing. Choice of UP CM is based on this ambition and parent organisation vision. Such choices, and some others, hv inbuilt handicaps. Yogi is not the material to administer a state like UP where seasoned politician can also fail
      1. A
        Aug 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm
        UP chief minister Yogi and state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh have no moral grounds to continue with the death toll approaching near about 70. If the government's attention is in creating Anti Romeo squads, Cow vigilantes etc., the real governance will take a back seat. Initial spark and grit shown by Yogi immediately after swearing in as Chief Minister disappeared. He got his priorities wrong. Instead of showing administrative acumen by delegating responsibilities to the right people, he kept visiting police stations, gau shalas, government offices etc., for cheap publicity. A group of self interested sycophants reportedly followed him everywhere and failed to render appropriate advice.Administration of a big state like UP can not be taken for granted with his experience in managing ashrams, temples or trusts. Nor is that easy as to lead a group of fanatics or give fiery speech to his religious followers.
        1. V
          Aug 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm
          Had this negligence happened in a Delhi Government Hospital, what Modi would have done to the Delhi Government. He should now sack Yogi and replace him with someone else.

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