Gorakhpur deaths: UP govt suspends principal of BRD Medical College

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Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday suspended principal of BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur but maintained that the death of children was not due to lack of oxygen supply.

 

“High level probe will take place, headed by Principal Secy. Further action will be taken after report,” said Minister for medical education A Tandon.

UP Health Minister visits hospital, reviews situation

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh has arrived in Gorakhpur to take stock of the situation at BRD Medical College Hospital where death of 60 children have been reported since August 7.

The government has reiterated that those found guilty in the tragic death of children will face stringent action.

A committee has already been setup to probe the matter. The Health minister said the State government was not informed by the doctors and officials about shortage of oxygen either July 9 or August 9. He said that strict action will be taken keeping these points in mind and a probe is being carried out.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today issued directives to authorities to reach the spot and initiate a thorough probe, while ensuring strict action.

District Magistrate Gorakhpur has also initiated Magisterial probe into the matter. He has reiterated that no casualty has taken taken due to paucity of oxygen cylinders.

Directotor General Health Dr KK Gupta already camping at Gorakhpur with his associates. A delegation of Congress leaders under leadership of leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad has also visited the hospital and met the victims families.