Days after more than 60 children died due to alleged shortage of liquid oxygen supply at BRD Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday removed additional chief secretary (Medical Education) Anita Bhatnagar Jain. He also ordered FIR to be lodged against about half a dozen persons, including former hospital principal Rajeev Mishra, who has been suspended, Indian Express report said.
As per the report, the decision came soon after state Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar submitted an investigation report into the incident. State Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma confirmed that the probe report has been submitted to the chief minister and findings would be communicated to the media later.
Following the death of more than 60 children within five days at the hospital, the state government had set up a four-member panel under the chief secretary to probe the role of role of liquid oxygen supplier and the reason behind the shortage of oxygen. However, the state government had maintained that different diseaseslike Japanese Encephalitis, and not shortage of oxygen had led to the deaths, Indian Express report added .
The panel was asked to probe the reason behind the deaths of children and fix responsibility. It was also asked to suggest steps to be taken against responsible persons and necessary stepa which should be taken to prevent such an incidents in future.
Sources in the Chief Minister’s Office also told the paper that FIR has been recommended against against some persons, including Rajeev Mishra, Dr Kafeel Khan (superintendent and in-charge of the ward where the deaths took place) and Dr Satish (head of anesthesia). Dr Satish, responsible for ensuring uninterrupted supply of liquid oxygen, had allegedly gone on leave without permission at a time when oxygen was in short supply, the paper added.