PM Sends Min­is­ter, Top Delhi Docs to Gorakhpur

CM Yogi prom­ises strictest ac­tion if the rea­son is lack of oxy­gen or neg­li­gence

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Del h i : Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra sent three se­nior gov­ern­ment doc­tors to Gorakhpur, where 60 chil­dren died in five days in BRD Med­i­cal College Hos­pi­tal, and ap­proved a ₹ 85-cr re­gional re­search cen­tre to be es­tab­lished in the east­ern Ut­tar Pradesh city.

UP chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath and Union health min­is­ter JP Nadda rushed to Gorakhpur on Sun­day on the PM’s in­sis­tence after vis­its of ju­nior min­is­ters failed to quell anger over the deaths.

“The PM wants all in­for­ma­tion and the sta­tus of the fight against en­cephali­tis. A team of three doc­tors is camp­ing here from Delhi. The as­pect of oxy­gen fail­ure will be probed by a com­mit­tee headed by the UP chief sec­re­tary. We want con­crete rea­sons for the deaths to come to light – if the rea­son is lack of oxy­gen or any other neg­li­gence, we will take the strictest pos­si­ble ac­tion,” Adityanath said in the pres­ence of Nadda in Gorakhpur at a press con­fer­ence.

Nadda said he had ap­proved a re­gion­al­re­search­cen­tre­forGo­rakh­pur to come up with a pro­to­col to fight AES(AcuteEn­cephali­tisSyn­drome). The CM said he had been ask­ing the Cen­tre for the same. “Three doc­tors from Delhi, the head of Saf­dar­jung Hos­pi­tal, the head of Lady Hardinge Hos­pi­tal and deputy com­mis­sioner o f Nat i o n a l I mmu­nis a t i o n Pro­gramme are camp­ing here. They are check­ing on ev­ery pa­tient,” Nadda said.

Kafeel Ahmed, nodal of­fi­cer for de­part­mentof pae­di­atric­sand­hailedasa hero­for­sav­inglives,has­been­re­moved for car­ry­ing out pri­vate prac­tice. “No one can be more pained by such deaths,” Adityanath said, re­call­ing how he had been fight­ing en­cephali­tis since 1995-1996 and had seen thou­sands of chil­dren die due to AES.

“If any neg­li­gence is found, we will take ac­tion which will set an ex­am­ple for the fu­ture,” says CM

“UPA’s health min­is­ter Ghu­lam Nabi Azad came to BRD Hos­pi­tal once and said he could not do any­thing as it was a state mat­ter. The feel­ings of the Congress are dead and they are now only sprin­kling salt on our wounds.`

CM Adityanath with Union health min­is­ter JP Nadda after vis­it­ing the BRD Hos­pi­tal in Gorakhpur

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