Here's all you need to know about the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy in which more than 60 hospitalised children lost their lives.
As many as 60 children have died so far in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply.
The hospital's oxygen supply was cut by the supplier after payments were not fulfilled.
The oxygen supplier stopped the supply after an unpaid debt amounting to more than Rs 32 lakh.
Within 48 hours, starting August 10, 30 children died in the hospital across various wards. 17 children died in the neo-natal ward, five died in the acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) ward while eight died in the general ward. On August 11, the death toll had risen to 60.
On August 12, the Government of Uttar Pradesh suspended the hospital's principal Rajeev Mishra for allegedly delaying the release of payment to oxygen supplier and "negligent behaviour". Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
Where does the government stand?
The incident happened in Gorakhpur, which was the Lok Sabha constituency of CM Adityanath from 1998 until August 5, when he resigned.
The Uttar Pradesh government initially claimed that the deaths had happened due to encephalitis.
UP Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh, confirmed that the oxygen supply went down on August 10, but claimed that the situation was brought under control within a few hours. He also claimed that none of the deaths took place when the oxygen supply fell.
CM Adityanath announced that a team of key ministers had been formed to determine if the death of these children had actually happened due to oxygen supply disruption and assured to “not spare anyone found guilty” adding that it would be "heinous" if the children had died because of a disruption in oxygen supply.
He also claimed that the state government had cleared payment for the oxygen vendor on August 7 and that the hospital, had not released the funds till August 11.
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) sent Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda to visit the hospital along with Adityanath. The PMO also sought a report on the matter.
The sacked doctor
On Sunday, Dr Kafeel Khan was removed as the nodal officer for the encephalitis ward. He was also accused of running a private clinic along with his government job.
He had been hailed as a hero on social media after media reports claimed that he paid out of his own pocket to get oxygen cylinders for the suffering children at the Gorakhpur hospital.
Dr Khan told The Times of India, "It's a smear campaign against me. I was only trying to help the children. I did everything from getting in touch with oxygen firms to ensuring prompt help to patients."
The Supreme Court of India has refused to take suo moto cognisance into the case.JP Nadda announced setting up of an 85-crore regional medical centre in Gorakhpur for research on diseases that afflict children.Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app.