With over 60 children dying within a week in a Hospital in Gorakhpur district, the opposition has cornered the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government in the state demanding resignation from of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on the moral grounds following the tragedy that has exposed the apathy of the failed medical system.

The incident came to light after 63 children have lost their lives within a week at the government-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur constituency belonging to CM Yogi Adityanath.

Even though the government has claimed the loss of lives to only seven, Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela told local TV channels confirming the “death of 30 kids in the last two days.”

Slamming BJP, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi blamed “gross negligence and incorrigible misconduct on the part of the authorities” for the tragic accident.

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07:24 PM IST  | This is peak season for encephalitis. It’s clear these deaths have no relation with shortage of Oxygen, says KK Gupta, DG Medical Education.

Speaking about the BRD medical college principal, KK Gupta said, “Have been receiving complaints against him ( Rajiv Mishra, suspended Principal). His work was disorganized, substandard.

 

04:36 PM IST  | I have approved regional medical research centre that will be established in Gorakhpur with expense of Rs. 85 Cr: Union Health Min JP Nadda.

03: 05 PM IST | Yogi Adityanath appeals to the people to wait for the result of the probe committee before jumping to any conclusion.

He assured that if anyone’s negligence has caused death to anyone in the hospital, the guilty no matter in what in part of the state, won’t be spared.

Attacking Congress on various remarks following news of the tragic death of children broke out, the CM said that when Ghulam Nabi Azad was Union Health Minister in UPA government, he told him (Yogi Adityanath) that nothing can be done about the Encephalitis issue as the matter was under state government.

“He came here and said that we can’t do anything in the matter because it is a state matter,” said UP CM.

Yogi also added, “Those whose sensitivity has died are now trying to add salt to the wound by raising the sensitive issue unnecessarily.”

02: 50 PM IST | JP Nadda assured that more initiates will be taken to fight the problem of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the state.

Notably, AES is a group of Clinical neurologic issues caused by an array of different viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites, spirochetes, chemical and toxins.

While Japanese encephalitis virus continues to be one of the most common causes of acute viral encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV), Hendra virus (HeV), enteroviruses (ENV), Chandipura virus (CHPV), Nipah (NiV), Kyasanur forest disease (KFD), Herpes simplex, poliovirus and measles virus are among the various other diseases related to it.

At least 80% of the cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in India have mostly been identified in Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The core challenge with the doctor treating such patients is to first ascertain the disease as the infection is almost indistinguishable from each other, with the patient reflecting similar symptoms. It happens so as the virus infecting the patient varies from one geographical location to another.

Monsoon being the breeding season for the mosquitoes, the cases of AES and JE usually increase during the rainy period.

There is no specific drug available to counter the AES including Japanese Encephalitis.

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02: 35 PM IST | Talking about Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, JP Nadda said that a high-level panel comprising of Dr. Aggrawal (Deputy Commissioner of universal immunisation program), Dr. Chalani (Head of Safdarjang Hospital) and Dr. Sumesha are in Gorakhpur to study the protocols followed regarding the disease.

“The committee has also studied the entire protocol used on all the patients in the hospital,” added Nadda.

02: 23 PM IST | PM Modi is being regularly updated about all the developments in the case: JP Nadda

02: 22 PM IST | Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath maintains that the deaths were not because of lack of oxygen. “The main fight is against encephalitis,” said CM.

CM Yogi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is worried about the situation and has sent Union Health Minister JP Nadda to come and take the first-hand impression of the situation in the hospital. “Centre is providing all the necessary help to the state government,” he added.

02: 15 PM IST | We have constituted a committee to determine the reason behind the tragic death of children. The CM said that the committee was going to submit the report by evening today.

I advice all the media people to go and visit the wards by themselves. “Avoid fake reporting” asserted CM.

“The government will punish the guilty, we will set an example to everyone,” said Yogi

02: 05 PM IST | Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister about to address the press conference shortly.

01: 51 PM IST | Calling the death of over 60 children within a week in BRD hospital in Gorakhpur “Criminal negligence”, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that people must be made accountable as the patients lost their lives due to lack of oxygen.

01: 25 PM IST | Congress has hit out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on refuting the allegations of lack of oxygen cylinders in the hospital for the tragic death of over 60 children.

Speaking to the media, UP Congress Uttar chief Raj Babbar said that is is highly unlikely that the BJP government will investigate the matter when the saffron party has already given their judgment even before initiating an inquiry.

“What will you investigate? You already gave the verdict that the deaths were not due to lack of oxygen,” said Raj Babbar.

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01: 05 PM IST | UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister JP Nadda are meeting patients and the officials at Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital. The UP government is under severe pressure following the death of over 60 children allegedly due to the disruption in the oxygen supply to the patients.

12: 38 PM IST | UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister JP Nadda have reached reach BRD medical hospital in Gorakhpur. Both of them are will meet families of children who lost their lives in the tragic incident.

Yogi Adityanath will also hold a press conference after taking a note of the situation.

12: 15 PM IST | Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lashes out at Uttar Pradesh BJP government of negligence. He demanded a strict action against the accused.

“Frankly, this is a terrible situation which shocked the country. The vulnerable members of our society are suffering because of the negligence and the bills not paid by the UP Government,” said Tharoor.

Tharoor also said that it responsibility must be pinned. “It is easy to make a scapegoat of college Principal, what about the health department and chief minister of Uttar Pradesh,” he added.

He asserted that the incident was “absolutely unforgettable, inexcusable” and reiterated that “very severe” action must be taken.

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11: 42 AM IST | As per the report obtained from BRD hospital, there has been a sudden spike of deaths of patients since August 7 listed under NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), AES, non-AES.

August 7: 9 (4 NICU, 2 AES, 3 non-AES)

August 8: 12 (7 NICU, 3 AES, 2 non-AES)

August 9: 9 (6 NICU, 2 AES, 1 non-AES)

August 10: 23 (14 NICU, 3 AES, 6 non-AES)

August 11: 7 (3 NICU, 2 AES, 2 non-AES)

11: 38 AM IST | Rajiv Mishra, Suspended principal of BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur says that the death of the children was not due to the disruption of Oxygen supply.

Speaking to NewsX, Rajiv Mishra said that most of the deaths were in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).

The deaths happened in NICU unit where mostly the newly born babies with 1kg weight are kept. In most of the cases where the child is less than 1 kg and the chances of their survival are very few. Most of these deaths happened there,” explained Rajiv Mishra.

Responding to the reports suggesting that the Oxygen supply in the hospital was stopped on August 10, Mishra said that any such speculation wrong as the hospital had backup cylinders to deal with such scenarios.

“We supported patients with the help of back up oxygen cylinders,” he added.

10: 55 AM IST | Earlier during a press conference, CM Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that a magisterial inquiry was ordered to look into the deaths of children. He assured that stern action will be taken against anyone found guilty.

He explained that a team of top ministers was asked to ascertain if the deaths were due to a disruption in oxygen supply.

Meanwhile, the UP government on Saturday also suspended the principal of the BRD Medical College holding him guilty for his actions.

10: 25 AM IST | The senior Congress Party leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, however, called suspension of BRD Medical College Principal, simply’eyewash’.

“Suspending the Principal after this and announcing an inquiry into the matter is just eyewash. There should be an all-party probe into this; the matter should not be submerged at any cost,” said Azad.

The Congress also pressed for state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh to resign from his post

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Congress delegation visiting the hospital

 

09: 40 AM IST | Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath is leaving for Gorakhpur shortly. Also, Union Health Minister JP Nadda will be also visiting Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital later in the day.

Also Read | Dirty surrounding, open defecation behind children’s deaths: CM Yogi Adityanath

09: 25 AM IST | A fresh batch of liquid oxygen cylinders has been brought to Gorakhpur’s BRD Hospital earlier morning today.

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09: 13 AM IST | A 4-year-old child dies due to Encephalitis in Gorakhpur’s BRD hospital. The death toll has now come to 70. The opposition continues to ask for UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s resignation.

Let us take a look at the deadly Japanese encephalitis virus and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome; cases doctors seem to have no answer to.

Japanese encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is an infection of the brain. The flavivirus caused by mosquito bite is related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses.

The virus appears to have originated from its ancestral virus in the mid-1500s in the Indonesia-Malaysia region and evolved there into different genotypes later.

Alone in Asia, there is an estimate of 68 000 clinical cases discovered every year.

Symptoms

Initial symptoms often include fever, headache, and vomiting.

Mental status changes, neurologic symptoms, weakness, and movement disorders might develop over the next few days.

Seizures are common, especially among children.

Can it be cured?

There’s currently no particular cure for Japanese encephalitis. Treatment involves supporting the functions of the body as it tries to fight off the infection.

No specific treatments have been found to benefit patients with JE, but hospitalization for supportive care and close observation is generally required.

Rest, fluids, and use of pain relievers and medication to reduce fever may relieve some symptoms.

ALSO READ | The complex case of encephalitis virus in Gorakhpur hospital

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Geographic Distribution of Japanese Encephalitis Virus. (Source: cdc.gov)

09: 00 AM IST | RECAP

  • Magisterial probe ordered into the death of over 60 children, including infants, at the Baba Raghav Das Medical college in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur.
  • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday blames lack of cleanliness. He said the death of children in his hometown was caused by filth and scourge of open defecation.

“There are vector-borne diseases, such as encephalitis, you must be hearing media reports of BRD medical college these days…it is a tragedy that lives of young children have been snuffed out at such young age because we do not lead a clean and hygienic life” he said.

“The governments cannot be the problem, they are solutions and if they are problems in themselves they have no right to continue,” added Yogi Adityanath.

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Saturday, August 12

08:44 PM IST | Addressing the media on the death of children in BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that he had started a fight against encephalitis. He also added that a committee has been formed to inquire the role of oxygen supplier in the incident which will be lead by chief secretary.  

08:03 PM IST | Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath address press conference in Lucknow over Gorakhpur tragedy. 

05:09 PM IST | UP CM Yogi Adityanath while speaking on child deaths in Gorakhpur tragedy said that encephalitis is a challenge. A government’s work is to deal with situation and find out a solution. 

04:23 PM IST | Principal of the BRD medical college Dr Rajeebv Mishra has been suspended. However, the principal said that he takes full responsibility of the incident and also mentioned that charges of non-payment of dues is baseless.  

04:14 PM IST | Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh while speaking on Gorakhpur Hospital tragedy said that children did no die due to disruption of gas supply. The minister also informed media that discussion happened in detail on this matter but issue of gas supply that should have come to light didn’t come up. Nobody spoke about it.

“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur on July 9th and August 9th,” UP Health Minister said. 

03: 13 PM IST | Anupriya Patel, MoS Health & Family Welfare says that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the tragic accident in Gorakhpur hospital that has claimed 63 lives so far. “PM Modi is extremely saddened,” she said.

The minister also said that she will be reaching the government-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital to take first-hand information as she is scheduled to meet the hospital authorities personally.

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02: 38 PM IST | Amid the unfortunate incident of 63 children dying in Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College’s hospital due to lack of oxygen as per reports, Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi took to Twitter and said that it wasn’t a tragic incident but an executed murder which involved many new born children as well.

Kailash Satyarthi further appealed to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to investigate the corrupt involved in the medical system. He stressed that this situation has been building over the years now and immediate action should be taken in order to prevent such disasters in the future. Such incidents are a shame for the UP government as well as for the entire nation.

Also Read | No tragedy, Gorakhpur incident is mass murder

01: 48 PM IST | BSP supremo Mayawati blames BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for the death of children in Gorakhpur hospital. Hitting out on CM Yogi, Mayawati said, “Iss dardnak ghatna ke liye BJP sakaar ki jitni ninda ki jaaye utni kum hogi.”

Mayawati informed that she had formed a 3-member te am to take a stock of situation at the hospital. “They will keep me updated on the current situation,” she added.

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12: 45 PM IST | Reacting to the Gorakhpur tragedy, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav slams BJP for the mismanagement and loss of lives in the hospital.

Speaking to the media, Akhilesh said that Yogi government in the state is running away from responsibilities and that is why they saying that the opposition is politicising the situation.

He said that the UP govt was hiding something by not “revealing the truth” about the tragic accident.

Also Read | 63 children die within a week in CM Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur

Speaking further, he said that the instead of working for the state the BJP was busy hounding SP workers across Uttar Pradesh. “A delegation from SP will go to BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur to see the situation,” added Akhilesh Yadav.

Earlier, another senior party leader Ram Gopal Yadav demanded compensation to the parents of children who died in BRD medical hospital. “Free medicine must be provided to poor families across UP,” he said further.

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12: 35 PM IST | Pushpa Gas Agency, responsible for supplying with Oxygen to BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur says that the hospital authorities were “repeatedly communicated about pending payments” but never got a response.

Also Read | UP ministers to review Gorakhpur children deaths

Talking to the media, HR of Pushpa Gas Agency also said that the cause of the deaths of children in the hospital was not due to the lack of oxygen supply or cut-off. “No one can stop supply like this, we know consequences,” she added.

The statement comes after the vendor office was raided earlier by the authorities.

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12: 10 PM IST | Top medical body of the country, Indian Medical Association has ordered a thorough probe of the incident.

11: 51 AM IST | Senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad visits the hospital and takes a note of the situation.

Condemning the incident, Azad said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, state Health Minister and Min of Technical & Medical Education should apologize to the people of the state and resign from the post on moral grounds.

Speaking to the media, Azad said, “UP CM can’t step back from duty. It is a heart-wrenching incident and I am Saddened by children’s death.”

Blaming the UP government for the tragedy, he said that the incident reflects the state govt’s carelessness.

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11: 45 AM IST | Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, Sudhindra Bhadori says that the deaths of children in Gorakhpur hospital is a matter of great shame for Uttar Pradesh CM.

“If there’s any morality in govt he should quit and go, for such disaster has happened,” said Bhadori.

The leader further cornered CM Yogi and said that he hopes he (Yogi Adityanath) has “enough shame in him.”. He asked UP CM to go and express regret to the parents of the children who died due to medical negligence in the hospital.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari too slammed the ruling BJP party in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Tewari said, “Considering he (Yogi Adityanath) is both MP and CM must take moral responsibility and step down. Tiwari also asked state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh to resign from his post.

 

11: 40 AM IST | The department handling oxygen supply in Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur in a letter to authorities on August 3 and 10 had informed about the shortage as Pushpa Sales had stopped supply over pending payment.

Earlier, while talking to the media on Friday night, Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela while confirming the death of 30 kids in the last 48 hours also admitted the shortage of oxygen supply to the hospital.

Rautela said that the medical college had lack liquid oxygen supply citing non-payment of Rs 70 lakhs. “As far as the complaint regarding non-payment of dues to the company supplying the oxygen is concerned, it is a matter of inquiry. But there was an existing alternative arrangement of 50 oxygen cylinders which was being used, so there was no shortage of oxygen,” he added.

 

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11: 35 AM IST | RECAP: At least 30 children died in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, the parliamentary constituency of Uttar Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in the last two days, an official said Friday.

At least 30 children died in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, the parliamentary constituency of Uttar Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in the last two days, an official said Friday. The government, however, said that only seven had died.

In a shocking revelation, at least 63 children have lost their lives within a week at the government operated Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur constituency belonging to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

As per the report obtained from BRD hospital, there has been a sudden spike of deaths of patients since August 7 listed under NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), AES, non-AES, reports English daily The Indian Express.

August 7: 9 (4 NICU, 2 AES, 3 non-AES)

August 8: 12 (7 NICU, 3 AES, 2 non-AES)

August 9: 9 (6 NICU, 2 AES, 1 non-AES)

August 10: 23 (14 NICU, 3 AES, 6 non-AES)

August 11: 7 (3 NICU, 2 AES, 2 non-AES)

August 12: 3 more children die due to Encephalitis

Notably, CM Aditynath visited BRD hospital on Wednesday and inaugurated ten-bed ICU, a six-bed Critical Care Unit facility. He also inspected the ward meant for children infected with Japanese Encephalitis.

The development comes after the reports of 30 children dying within 48 hours in BRD hospital, exposed the apathy of the failed medical system in the state.

Even though the government has claimed the loss of lives to only seven, Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela told local TV channels confirming the “death of 30 kids in the last two days” and seven

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Speaking further, DM Rajeev Rautela also denied the reports saying that the children had died due to lack of oxygen.

Rautela also confirmed that the medical college had lack liquid oxygen supply citing non-payment of Rs 70 lakhs. “As far as the complaint regarding non-payment of dues to the company supplying the oxygen is concerned, it is a matter of inquiry. But there was an existing alternative arrangement of 50 oxygen cylinders which was being used, so there was no shortage of oxygen,” he added.

Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed pain over the death of children and asked the take stern action against the mismanagement.

Sonia Gandhi blamed “gross negligence and incorrigible misconduct on the part of the authorities” for the tragic accident.

Rahul Gandhi said the BJP government must punish the guilty. “Deeply pained, my thoughts are with the families of the victims. BJP government is responsible and should punish the negligent who caused this tragedy,” he said.

First Published | 12 August 2017 11:47 AM
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