Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath breaking his silence over the heart-wrenching Gorakhpur tragedy has hold dirtiness and open defecation responsible for the deaths of children.
“Encephalitis disease exists since 1978, if innocents from Eastern UP are dying untimely deaths, then issues related to sanitation and open defecation are responsible for it,” said CM Adityanath.
Later in a press conference, he advised media to portray the correct picture of Gorakhpur incident in which more than 30 children including infants died due to disruption of oxygen over non-payment of dues.
Addressing a press conference, CM Yogi Adityanath, along with minister for medical and health Siddharth Nath Singh, minister for medical education Ashutosh Tandon and Union minister of state for health and family welfare Anupriya Patel said that “deaths due to disruption of oxygen is a heinous act and those responsible for the tragedy will not be spared.”+
Here are the updates:
# The payment of Rs 68,65,596 was released on August 5 but the supplier was paid on August 11, that's why the principal was suspended: CM Yogi
# 9 deaths happened on 7th August, 7 deaths on 8th August, 9 deaths on 9th August, 23 deaths on 10th August, 11 deaths on 11 August
# I request you all to present correct facts on this sensitive issue: CM Yogi
# Deaths due to disruption of oxygen is a heinous act, Anyone found guilty shall not be spared: CM
# During my visit, no one at the hospital mentioned the issue of oxygen supply: CM Adityantah
# Oxygen supplier firm is also under the scanner, I have constituted a committee to be led by Chief Secretary to inquire the role of oxygen suppliers and sought a report in seven days: CM Yogi
# My sympathies to all the families who lost their children: CM Yogi
# Govt of India has sent MoS for health ministry Anupriya Patel to UP
# Prime Minister Modi is concerned over the issue. He has assured Centre's full support: Yogi Adityanath
# UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses press conference
# BRD Medical College's 'suspended' principal terms his resignation pre-decided.
# Uttar Pradesh Delegation of Samajwadi Party visited BRD medical college in Gorakhpur after 63 children died in 6 days.
# PM Modi tweets to congratulate on government formations by poaching MLAs but why he is silent of Gorakhpur tragedy: Raj Babbar
# Its very said. It's a murder, murder of children: Lalu Yadav
# Heart-wrenching; I am unable to sleep for the last two days. Will speak to Yogi ji, strong action should be taken: Ram Vilas Paswan
# Governments can't be a problem, if the problem is in govt it self then it has no right to remain in power, says CM Adityanath
Sarkaarein samasya nahi ho saktin, agar sarkar swayam mein samasya hai to sarkar ko phir rehne ka adhikaar nahi: UP CM Yogi Adityanath pic.twitter.com/s6N99huolb— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 12, 2017
# Encephalitis is a challenge since 1978, unhygienic conditions and open defecation reason behind untimely deaths of Children of Eastern UP: CM Yogi Adityanath
# UP CM Yogi Adityanath speaks on child deaths in Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College
# 3:48: PM: A High-level probe to take place, headed by Principal Secy. Will wait for the report, action will be taken. Till then suspending principal: Minister for medical education, A Tandon
High level probe to take place, headed by Principal Secy. Will wait for report, action will be taken. Till then suspending principal: Tandon pic.twitter.com/YzXSygAFz2— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 12, 2017
# 3:45 PM: We have come to the conclusion that the deaths of children in the hospital did not take place due to shortage of gas in the hospital: Siddharth Nath Singh
# 3:44 PM: PMO of India tweets, PM is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central & UP Governments.
PM is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central & UP Governments.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 12, 2017
# 3:40 PM: BRD Medical college principal suspended
# 3:38 PM: In August 2015, 668 deaths took place in the paediatric section of the hospital: Siddharth Nath Singh
# 3:36 PM: In 2014, 2015 and 2016, 17 or 18 deaths per day on an average were reported from the BRD Medical College: Siddharth Nath Singh
# 3:34 PM: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanathji had visited the BRD Medical College on 9 August and had held consultations with various officials, But no one had raised the issue of the shortage of oxygen in the hospital: Siddharth Nath Singh
# 3:33 PM: Ours is a sensitive government, CM has directed us to take stringent actions: Siddhartha Nath Singh
# 3:30 PM: UP Health Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh addresses press conference
#1:25 PM: Have made 3-member team who will take stock of situation at the hospital & update me on current situation: BSP Chief Mayawati
#1:20 PM: Any amount of criticism of BJP Govt for this heart-breaking incident is not enough: Mayawati
#12:30 PM: Govt not revealing truth. Therefore delegation from SP will go to BRD Medical College to see the situation&inform govt&party: Akhilesh Yadav
#12:30 PM:Govt not doing their job. They are busy in hounding SP workers. See what happened in Bareilly & Ballia: Akhilesh Yadav
#12:30 PM:Govt trying to run away from responsibilities that's why saying that opposition is politicising the situation: Akhilesh Yadav
#11:55 AM: Repeatedly communicated about pending payments to concerned authorities but never got response: Meenu Walia, HR Pushpa Gas Agency
#11:55 AM: Deaths not due to oxygen supply cut-off, no one can stop supply like this, we know consequences: Meenu Walia,HR Pushpa Gas agency
#11:50 AM: Oxygen supplier's Lucknow office raided, owner says they received Rs 52 lakhs on Friday
#11:12 AM: Both Health Min&Min of Technical&Medical Education must resign. UP CM can't step back from duty. Must apologize to state: GN Azad
#11:12 AM: Heart-wrenching incident. Saddened by children's death. This happened due to state govt's carelessness: Ghulam Nabi Azad
#11:10 AM: 30 kids died in hospital without oxygen. This is not a tragedy. It's a massacre. Is this what 70 years of freedom means for our children?: Kailash Styarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate (read full story here)
#10:50 AM: Considering he (Yogi Adityanath) is both MP & CM must take moral responsibility & step down, so should his Health Min: Manish Tewari
#10:45 AM: UP:Congress delegation at BRD Medical College in #Gorakhpur; what happened was due to lapse on the government's part says Cong's RPN Singh
#10:45 AM:Hope he (Yogi Adityanath) has enough shame in him to go®ret to the parents & quit on moral grounds: Sudhindra Bhadoria, BS
#10:45 AM:Matter of great shame for UP CM. If there's any morality in govt he should quit&go, for such disaster has happened: Sudhindra Bhadoria, BSP
#10:40 AM:Parents of children who died must get compensation, free medicine must be provided to poor families across UP: Ram Gopal Yadav, SP Gorakhpur
#10:40 AM:Opposition giving statements in haste. UP Govt is committed to service of people. Strict action to be taken: KP Maurya, UP Dy CM Gorakhpur
#10:40 AM: UP:Congress delegation, including GN Azad & Raj Babbar, reaches BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur
#10:20 AM:Govt is keeping close vigillance over the matter, there will be a thorough investigation and culprits will not be spared. Children did not die because of lack of oxygen: Keshav Maurya, Deputy CM
#10:00 am: CM instructed Health Min & Min of Technical & Medical Education for proper investigation & strict action, tweets office of UP CM
#9:15 AM:CM is keeping track of things, He had called Health Min & me. Both of us will go to Gorakhpur, inspect& report back to him: Ashutosh Tandon
#9:15 AM:Opposition parties should not politicize deaths: UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh
#9:08 AM: In monsoon there are many patients, forced to keep 2 on 1 bed. There's dearth of doctors but we monitor round the clock: Doctor
#8:30 AM: Both ministers Siddharth Nath Singh & Ashutosh Tandon will visit Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College after meeting CM Yogi Adityanath.
#8:30 AM: UP Health Min Siddharth Nath Singh & UP Min for Technical & Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon to meet CM Yogi Adityanath
#8:22 AM: Encephalitis claims lives of 2 more children at #Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College.
Even as the UP Government has denied the allegation that the deaths occurred due to oxygen deficiency, the Union Home Ministry on Friday said that while 30 children have died in hospital over 48 hours, 21 children died due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen.
“As per SP Gorakhpur, 21 children died due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen in BRD Medical College, in last 36 hours. Senior officers are on the spot. Exact cause is being verified by civil administration,” a home ministry spokesperson said.
The District Magistrate Rautela , who was first to confirm deaths of children, said 17 children died in the neo-natal ward, 5 in AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and 8 in the general ward over the last two days.
To a specific question as to whether the casualties were due to shortage in supply of oxygen, Rautela, who was camping in the hospital, said he found out from the doctors that no death occurred due to lack of oxygen.
Citing a break-up of casualties since August 7 till date, Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said according to reports from the paediatric department of the college, 60 children have died due to various diseases during the period.
Singh asserted that the deaths were not because of paucity of oxygen.The district magistrate said alternative arrangements had been made from nearby nursing homes since last night and from neighbouring Sant Kabir Nagar district to ensure availability of liquid oxygen for the hospital.
“At present, there are 50 oxygen cylinders and 100 to 150 more cylinders will be reaching soon,” he said.
Asked whether the vendor supplying oxygen had stopped doing so pending payment to the tune of Rs 70 lakh, the district magistrate said part payment had been made to the contractor for supply of oxygen to the hospital.He said the reason behind the deaths is being ascertained and action will be taken against those responsible.
A magisterial enquiry has been ordered to find the exact reasons leading to the deaths so that basic facts could come out by Saturday evening.