Health monitor's data tells Gorakhpur lacks key health infrastructure
The shear number of deaths at BRD Medical College hospital of Gorakhpur has shocked the nation. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today promised that probe and an action that would would set benchmark for future.
The children's deaths have been blamed on the lack of healthcare facilities at the BRD hospital. The Brookings India Health Monitor has released data on the existing health infrastructure of Gorakhpur and Uttar Pradesh. It has highlighted critical deficiency in infrastructure in this eastern UP district.
At least 68 children have lost their lives in the Gorakhpur hospital over the past six days with 30 dying in 48 hours. Most of the deaths allegedly happened due to shortage of oxygen supply in the concerned ward of the Gorakhpur hospital.
DATA TELLS WHY CHILDREN DIED IN GORAKHPUR
According to the Brookings India Health Monitor data Gorakhpur district has 37 per cent shortage in terms of availability of sub-centres of healthcare. Only 45 per cent villages in Gorakhpur district have access to a sub-centre within five kilometre radius.
The data also points to 95.7 per cent shortage of male health workers or AMC in sub-centres in Uttar Pradesh. Around 35 per cent sub centres in Uttar Pradesh are without water supply while 31 per cent don't have electricity supply.
According to the Brookings India Health Monitor, there is no sub-divisional hospital in Gorakhpur district leaving the BRD hospital overburdened.
It further showed that Gorakhpur district has a 45 per cent surplus of community health centres. But, at many places, x-ray machines don't work, living quarters for specialist doctors are not available, very few specialists live in the quarters, functioning labour rooms are not satisfactory and there are glaring shortages on several other parameters.
According to the data, health infrastructure index shows UP is clubbed in bottom three among the big states. The Gorakhpur tragedy has served another reminder that the eastern UP needs better health infrastructure what both Yogi Adityanath and Union Health Minister JP Nadda, who visited the BRD hospital today, promised to set up in Chief Minister's Lok Sabha constituency.