A day after a report sent to the Uttar Pradesh government by the Gorakhpur district administration pins the blame on two senior doctors for the oxygen crisis in the hospital, Samajwadi Party’s leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that the District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela may have been under pressure to say otherwise in his report.

Speaking to the media, Ram Gopal Yadav hinted that the investigation into the tragic deaths of over 60 children in the state-run Baba Raghav Das (BRD) hospital may have produced a botched up report due to the pressure from the government.

“Everyone knows children died due to unavailability of Oxygen. The Collector may have been pressurised to say otherwise,” said Yadav.

Notably, the report by District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela found the hospital’s logs about the supply of oxygen were in a mess. DM Rajeev Routela was directed to complete the probe and send his report to the chief secretary. Rautela has indicted the doctors, paramedical staff and clerks of the medical college.

The report submitted had held Rajiv Mishra, the then principal of BRD Medical College, for being aware of the impending oxygen crisis and failing to alert seniors in the regard.

Sources suggested that even after knowing about the condition, Mishra went on leave after chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit to the medical college on August 9.

According to the reports, the DM has also held oxygen supplier Pushpa Sales responsible and has demanded strict action for stopping oxygen supply due to delay in payment of Rs 69 lakh arrears. In his report, DM has also indicted a member of the purchase committee, Satish Kumar, who went on leave on August 11 without informing Principal.

Then in-charge, Dr Kafeel Khan has also been blamed for the crisis and death of children, sources claimed. DM has also ordered strict action against para medical staff Gajanan Jaiswal, who had been keeping the record of the oxygen supply, and clerks in the finance section of the medical college.

Confirming the report, Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar said that he had received the DM’s report.

Earlier, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had rejected all the reports of lack of oxygen supply as a reason behind the deaths of children in Gorakhpur.

The deaths have created furore across the nation, with the opposition cornering 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.

First Published | 17 August 2017 11:46 AM
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