Addressing a press conference, Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon said a high-level investigation, headed by Principal Secretary, has been ordered and the state government will take appropriate action after probe report is submitted.
Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: Nation trembles as around 63 children had their last breath over 6 days at Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur.
Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela has also given a breakup of the casualties.
Chief Medical Superintendent Dr R.S. Shukla also denied accusations that the deaths were due to an oxygen shortage, saying at least 10 were from encephalitis and the rest from "delivery-related issues", without elaborating. Media reports suggest the reason for the deaths is shortage of oxygen supply, which was cut off by the provider due to non-payment of money to the tune of Rs 66 lakh.
"Thirty kids died in hospital without oxygen".
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad accusing BJP-led UP govt of lying and hiding facts said that he is assured the deaths of children were caused due to disruption in oxygen supply.
The region is also one of India's poorest and registers hundreds of child deaths each year from Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which is rife in parts of eastern and northern India.
Echoing similar sentiments, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that such a tragedy in the constituency of the Chief Minister shows the negligence of the authority, adding that it seems like the Gorakhpur authorities are not scared of anyone and have protected by the government at the Center.
According to a report on a leading news channel, Lucknow office of Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd has been raided by police. What is shocking to know is that the oxygen supply department in the hospital had already warned about shortage.
But he said it did not cause the children's deaths as there was a sufficient number of oxygen cylinders to ensure all the youngsters could be treated.
Of the 73 patients in the 100-bed encephalitis ward, 54 were on ventilator when the oxygen supply was disrupted at 7.30 am.
BSP chief Mayawati said, "As many as 60 children have died in a government hospital in Gorakhpur in the last six- seven days". They will visit the hospital after their meeting.
"The government is responsible for the deaths of these children", he said.