- The state government today suspended the principal of BRD Medical College for “negligent behaviour”.
- The college principal, however, claims that “he had resigned prior to being suspended”.
- UP Minister also said that “no deaths occurred when manual resuscitation procedure was on.”
UP’s Minister for Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon announced the action during a press conference after he and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh took stock of the situation leading to deaths of over 30 children in 48 hours.
“High-level probe, headed by Principal Secretary, is underway. Till then we are suspending the principal of the college with immediate effect,” Tandon said
However, the college principal claims that “he had resigned prior to being suspended”.
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Over 30 children died in the state-run BRD Medical College during the last 48 hours. According to official, 17 children died in the neo-natal ward, five in the AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and eight in the general ward.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur+ and is in constant touch with authorities from the Central and state government.
The Medical Education minister said that there had been delay in payment to the vendor by the college authorities and a probe had been ordered to find out the reasons.
“The oxygen supplier company claims that it had approached the health department on August 1 for payment of its dues, to which the department had released funds and informed BRD Medical College for payment on August 5. The supplier later claimed that the funds were transferred only on August 11,” Tandon said.
PM is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur. He is in constant touch with authorities from the Central & UP Governments.
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Divulging statistics from the previous years to prove that BRD Medical college has been reporting deaths in the previous years too, State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said, “In 2014 the college had an average of 19 deaths per day, in 2015 it was 22 deaths per day and in 2016 it was 19 deaths per day.” This he said, was because the medical college receives critical patients from not just Gorakhpur but from as far as Bihar and Nepal.
On the issue of shortage of Oxygen gas supply+ in the hospital, Singh said, “Children haven’t died due to disruption of gas supply.”
“There was no shortage of oxygen in the hospital. For two hours, there was shortage of emergency cylinders, during which manual resuscitation procedure was carried out,” the Health Minister said.
He also said that “no deaths occurred when manual resuscitation procedure was on.”
“The first information about a low-pressure situation in the liquid oxygen supply was received on August 10 at 7:30 pm and gas cylinders were immediately pressed into service. This continued normally till 11:30 pm. There was then a shortage of cylinder for two hours which was restored (at 1.30am) soon after through another batch of gas cylinders,” the state health minister said.
“Seven deaths took place between 7:30 pm and 10:05 pm on August 10 in the period when there was no oxygen cut off. The next death happened at 11:05 am on August 11, when too the supply has been put into place through gas cylinders in the night itself,” he added.