'Those who're guilty won't be spared': CM Yogi Adityanath on Gorakhpur hospital tragedy
NEW DELHI: Rejecting reports of disruption in oxygen supply as the reason behind the fatalities at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said the death of 30 infants was due to encephalitis.
Flanked by Union health minister J P Nadda, the chief minister admitted that while the state government has done a lot of work to tackle the disease, there still remains much room for improvement.
"This is my fourth visit to the hospital, my last visit had been on August 9. High level officers of UP government were present and I'd asked them 'what is our action plan against acute encephalitis?'" Adityanath said on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference after conducting an inspection of the hospital where 68 children breathed their last in the past week, Adityanath said the government had launched a thorough investigation into the matter and will take strict action against those responsible.
"I have already asked for a report. I will make sure the incident is thoroughly investigated. Those who're guilty won't be spared," he assured.
In light of the tragedy at the government hospital, Adityanath said he has directed medical colleges to ensure there is no shortage of medicines or oxygen.
Adityanath said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended every possible aid to the state government after he'd briefed him about the situation at BRD Medical college Centre.
"The Prime Minister is very concerned. Centre is providing all help to the state government and a team of doctors has flown in from Delhi. Union health minister J P Nadda is also here to take stock of the situation," he said.
Attacking Opposition parties for pointing the finger at the government for the lapses at the state-run hospital, the chief minister told them not to politicize the issue.
"Those whose sensitivity has died are now trying to add salt to the wound by raising the sensitive issue unnecessarily. Let reports of the probe committee come. I assure you, if anyone's negligence caused death of a person, he won't be spared," Adityanath said.
The state government had suspended BRD Medical College Principal Rajeev Mishra on Saturday for his "irresponsible act" of allegedly delaying payment to the agency supplying oxygen cylinders to the hospital. A high-level committee has been set up under the Chief Secretary to go into the gas supplier's role and other lapses which possibly led to the deaths of 30 infants within the span of 48 hours.