Gorakhpur: One more tragedy took place at BRD Medical College, in which, 36 children have died in last 48 hours due to different medical complications.
According to the report published in DNA, out of 36 children, seven died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, 15 died in Neo-Natal Ward and 14 died because of other medical complications on 27th and 28th August.
It may be mentioned that earlier 60 kids died in 48 hours at the same hospital due to lack of oxygen. Since 1st August 290 children died at the BRD Medical College.
It is also reported that as per the sources at the hospital, around 1250 children died since January 2017. Out of these deaths, 175 died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.
These deaths at the same hospital put the question on the efforts made by Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of UP.
Gorakhpur hospital’s suspended Principal, wife arrested
Meanwhile, the suspended Principal of BRD Medical College, where more than 60 children, including infants, died in a span of six days and his wife were arrested on Tuesday from Kanpur by a Special Task Force team, officials said.
Rajeev Mishra and his wife Poornima were picked up from a prominent lawyer’s house where they had apparently gone to seek legal counselling following FIRs against them for alleged callousness leading to the deaths at the hospital between August 7-12.
Mishra was accused of sitting over payments to the vendor supplying oxygen gas to the hospital, the disruption of which allegedly led to the deaths of many children.
While the Uttar Pradesh government has vehemently denied that lack of oxygen led to the deaths, a high-powered probe committee headed by Chief Secretary Rajeev Kumar indicted Mishra and others on laxity and other charges.
Officials at Gorakhpur SSP Satyarth Aniruddh Pankaj’s office confirmed the arrests and said the couple was being taken to Gorakhpur for further legal action.
In a related development, police raided the house of Kafeel Khan, the Nodal Officer in the Paediatrics Department, who too had been suspended after the deaths, that created a national furore.