Days after more than 60 children died at Baba Raghav Das Medical College due to lack of oxygen supply, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government terming the case as a serious violation of the Right to Life of patients.
The commission sought a detailed report from the government within four weeks.
The NHRC has also asked the UP Chief Secretary for a detailed report on the incident and also the steps taken for the relief of the victims’ families and action against officials held responsible in the incident, The Hindu reported.
“Reported deaths, in such a large number in a government run hospital, amount to serious violation of Right to Life and Health of the innocent victims,” the commission said in a statement.
“This indicates towards gross callousness on part of the hospital administration and the Medical Education and Health Department of the Government of Uttar Pradesh.”
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.
However, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, rejecting the reports of lack of oxygen supply said on Saturday that a committee has been set up under the Chief Secretary to go into the gas supplier’s role and other lapses.
(With IANS inputs)