At least 60 children have died in the past five days in Gorakhpur at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital because of infections and an alleged disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward.
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At least 60 children have died in the past five days in Gorakhpur at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital because of infections and an alleged disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward. The Uttar Pradesh government is facing the heat from Opposition parties and other outlets since Gorakhpur falls under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s constituency.


While the state government has already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, state ministers have criticised Opposition parties for politicising the deaths. Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya told ANI on Saturday that their political rivals were making comments in “haste”. 


State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh also told ANI that Opposition should refrain from politicising the issue. Leaders from Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have expressed their condolences for the bereaved families and have called out the state government for its alleged laxity in the tragedy.








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12.10 pm: Congress leader Manish Tewari said Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath must resign on grounds along with his Health Minister. “Considering he (Yogi Adityanath) is both MP and CM, he must take moral responsibility and step down, so should his Health Minister,” Tewari was quoted as saying by ANI. 


Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also condemned the incident on Twitter. Recalling PM Narendra Modi’s tweet on Nitish Kumar’s resignation, Singh called out Modi for remaining silent on the Gorakhpur tragedy.


12.00 pm: Earlier today ANI reported that 63 children had died in the tragedy so far. However, The Indian Express cannot verify these numbers. Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: 60 kids die in five days, 9 the day Yogi Adityanath came visiting



11. 53 am: Former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had also called for a strict investigation into matter demanding Rs 20 lakh compensation for the families of the deceased children. Earlier today, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav too said that the parents of children who died must get compensation. “Free medicine must be provided to poor families across UP,” Ramgopal told ANI.



11:50 am: Meanwhile, BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria has called for resignation of UP CM Adityanath. “Hope he (Yogi Adityanath) has enough shame in him to go and regret to the parents and quit on moral grounds (sic),” he told ANI. “Matter of great shame for UP CM. If there’s any morality in govt he should quit and go, for the disaster that has happened.”



11.45 am: Azad also said this was a “heart-wrenching incident.” “Saddened by children’s death. This happened due to state govt’s carelessness,” he told reporters outside the hospital.



11.30 am: A delegation of Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Raj Babbar and Sanjay Singh, visited the BRD Medical College on Saturday. They visited patients in the paediatrics ICU. Heavy police forces were also deployed outside the hospital ahead of the visit.


 “Both Health Minister and Minister of Technical and Medical Education must resign. UP CM can’t step back from duty. Must apologise to state,” Azad was quoted as saying by ANI.






Source:Indian24News
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