Oxy­gen Doesn’t Seem to be Rea­son; Strict Ac­tion if Some­thing Comes Out In Probe

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

the deaths were not due to lack of oxy­gen but due to other causes. We went through the records too. One can claim that the records are fudged but these are the records pre­sented to us. We need to fur­ther in­ves­ti­gate it. We have checked from two-three places – from the wards, the death cer­tifi­cates – to check what time the deaths hap­pened. One can’t fudge ev­ery­where. A mag­is­te­rial in­quiry is on – if some­thing comes out, we will def­i­nitely take fur­ther ac­tion.

Why was the BRD Med­i­cal College prin­ci­pal shunted out? There is a con­tract be­tween oxy­gen sup­plier INOX, dealer Pushpa Sales (who takes a com­mis­sion) and the BRD Hos­pi­tal. The chief sec­re­tary will look into this con­tract. The prin­ci­pal, BRD wrote to DG, med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion on Au­gust 4 say­ing Pushpa Sales needs to be paid ₹ 68 lakh. Pushpa Sales wrote a let­ter about this to prin­ci­pal, BRD on Au­gust 1. On Au­gust 5, the pay­ment was re­leased to prin­ci­pal BRD of ₹ 2 crore – ₹ 68 lakh out of it had to be shifted to the sup­plier. But the prin­ci­pal did not pay till Au­gust 11. Pushpa Sales in in­terim wrote to the prin­ci­pal BRD it will cut off sup­ply. Ob­vi­ously, he was up to some­thing. There are re­ports with us from many doc­tors say­ing they had heard he was do­ing some deals. The prin­ci­pal did not


in­form the CM on Au­gust 9 dur­ing a visit to the hos­pi­tal about the oxy­gen prob­lem. He went on leave soon after with­out any sanc­tion. There is gross neg­li­gence.

Doesn’t quot­ing old statis­tics to claim 60 deaths in five days are not ab­nor­mal in­sen­si­tivite? Un­for­tu­nately that is the only way you can ex­plain, though it sounds in­sen­si­tive. Au­gust is the month when a lot of in­fec­tions and vec­tor-borne dis­eases and AES (Acute En­cephali­tis Syn­drome) cases comes into BRD. Foot­fall is about 4,000-5,000 pa­tients per day in BRD. The records of past four-five years show a death count of 20-odd daily in BRD Au­gust. I only ex­plained this so as to not cre­ate a panic the way it is be­ing cre­ated.

Op­po­si­tion said you should have re­signed tak­ing moral re­spon­si­bil­ity like your grand­fa­ther Lal Ba­hadur Shas­tri did as rail­ways min­is­ter after a train ac­ci­dent… I have no is­sues in tak­ing moral re­spon­si­bil­ity but they are ask­ing the wrong per­son. I am not the rel­e­vant min­is­ter.

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