In an ironic incident at UP CM Yogi Aditynath’s home turf Gorakhpur, at least 30 children died in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in 48 hours. News reports quoted District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela, “around 30 patients had died in the hospital over the last 36 hours, including 14 in the neonatal ward.”
He continued, “Out of an outstanding of ₹70 lakh, ₹35 lakh was paid to the Lucknow-based firm. But the firm said they have not received the payment. They said they had alternate means of oxygen supply. We requested them to not disrupt supply of liquid oxygen,”
As per the report published in The Hindu, the name of the company is Pushpa Sales which apparently wrote to the principal of BRD hospital on August 1that it would be unable to supply oxygen anymore if the due payment of ₹63 lakh is done soon.
Ironically the incident has happened just 2 days after CM Yogi Adityanath himself inspected the hospital during his tour to Gorakhpur.
Uttar Pradesh government has brazenly denied that the deaths happened due to lack of oxygen supply. It is saying that the casualties happened due to various illnesses.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 12, 2017
The death of 30 innocent kids has outraged people all over the India and people took to Twitter to express their anger. People are asking for the resignation of the Health Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
This is not an accident,this is cold blooded murder of 30 children.The agency and officials responsible must be arrested#GorakhpurTragedy
— प्रेरणा (@Iam_Prerna) August 11, 2017
— Brajesh Misra (@brajeshlive) August 11, 2017
— GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) August 11, 2017
#GorakhpurTragedy is not an isolated incident. 1.2M kids <5yrs die annually in India – most r preventable. Our healthcare is in shambles.
— Jayaprakash Narayan (@JP_LOKSATTA) August 12, 2017
Shocked and horrified by the #GorakhpurTragedy. Can't imagine the loss and pain the families must be going through. No words…..
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) August 11, 2017
RT if u think health minister should be sacked for the death of 30 kids and appropriate case be registered against him #GorakhpurTragedy
— Gurpreet Garry Walia (@_garrywalia) August 11, 2017
People who are busy protecting cows should also protect our children. Will we have peace without questioning that ?
— Madhu Balan (@madtrijay) August 11, 2017
So Gorakhpur kids needed oxygen n medicines,not Vande Mataram!
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) August 11, 2017
Tragic to hear loss of lives of innocent children in #Gorakhpur .
This is unacceptable. Incompetence,the main reason for such tragedies.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 11, 2017