Gorakhpur children tragedy LIVE updates: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath today visited the BRD medical college along with Union health minister JP Nadda. Meanwhile, the Opposition parties have joined hands against the Bharatiya Janata Party and state chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the deaths of infants in Gorakhpur, mostly at the BRD Medical College. Congress demanded an apology from the CM while Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav accused the government of concealing facts regarding circumstances that led to the tragedy. The former state chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati demanded the resignation of the state health minister Sidharth Nath Singh. Meanwhile, the principal of Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur Dr Rajeev Mishra, who was suspended following the death of 30 infants within a span of 48 hours since August 10, today resigned from the post. His resignation was confirmed by the state health minister. On Saturday, Yogi Adityanath had said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered and a committee has been formed to look into the Gorakhpur tragedy. Gorakhpur is Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath’s Lok Sabha constituency.
Here are Gorakhpur hospital tragedy updates:
5.40 pm: Dr PK Singh, Principal of Rajkiya Medical College, Ambedkar Nagar, has been given additional charge of BRD Medical College.
5.20 pm: Dr Bhupendra Sharma has been appointed as new Nodal Officer for the Department of Pediatrics of Baba Raghav Das Medical College.
5.00 pm: Dr Kafil Khan, HOD of BRD hospital’s child care, sacked, reports ABP news.
4.40 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 Pres
4.34 pm: I have approved regional medical research centre that will be established in Gorakhpur with expense of Rs. 85 Cr :Union Health Min JP Nadda
4.32 pm: Passed 3 resolutions-suspension of principal alone wrong. If you’re suspending him, suspend local admin too&ban company: IMA President Gorakhpur
4.28 pm: Yogi can’t manage own constituency how will he handle UP: Congress on Gorakhpur Children Tragedy
4.22 pm: Centre has approved setting up of a medical centre in Gorakhpur: JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
2:40 PM: Here is what the UP CM said:
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2:25 PM Nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than me: UP CM Yogi Adityanath
2:20 PM UP Yogi Adityanath in tears while talking about children deaths, says guilty won’t be spared
2:10 PM UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses media after visiting BRD hospital in the wake of children’s deaths in Gorakhpur
1:45 PM: While talking to CNN News 18, former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said it is a tragic scene and should not be repeated again.
1:23 PM: Here is an image from the BRD medical college:
1:20 PM: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said the incident happened due to criminal negligence. He told ANI that 63 children died due to lack of oxygen and people must be made accountable.
12:49 PM: He added that these children did not die, they were killed. Babbar said 70 kids were killed and it is shameful that the incident happened in Gorakhpur.
12:48 PM: Raj Babbar asks Adityanath government how much more children will have to lose their lives?
12:47 PM: Congress leader Raj Babbar is addressing a press conference at the moment.
12:36 PM: Yogi Adityanath is currently inside the hospital where is talking to the doctors. After the tour, the UP CM might address a press conference in the hospital auditorium.
12:35 PM: 36 children lost their lives in the BRD medical college alone, reported ABP News.
12:30 PM: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Union health minister JP Nadda have reached the BRD medical college.
11:45 AM: State Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon claimed that the deaths of children was not due to oxygen supply, supporting which he also released a list that claimed that most of the children died due to kidney failure and were premature.
11:05 AM: Yogi Adityanath had talked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him about the situation in Gorakhpur.
10:39 AM: ANI reported that chief minister Yogi Adityanath will also leave for Gorakhpur shortly.
10:32 AM: Union Health Minister JP Nadda is about to leave for Gorakhpur shortly, reported ANI.
10:30 AM: “All the reports that have come in the media, even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is upset with them,” Yogi said, adding that PM Modi said that the Centre Government will provide whatever aids the Uttar Pradesh government needs to strengthen the health sector.
10:15 AM: 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.”