Children are losing their lives at Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital due to a lack of Oxygen supply. The count was at 30 children, now the death toll has risen to 63 children. All these deaths have been blamed on the lack of oxygen supply or infections. The hospital denies these allegations strongly and claims that they did not experience a shortage of oxygen. This incident occurred in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked two of his ministers, including the state health ministers to visit Gorakhpur and submit a report on this massacre.
Several prominent personalities have shunned Yogi Adityanath and made it a point to address the fact that the CM needs to apologize personally to all the families who have lost children and will be grieving for the rest of their life. Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi said, “[this is] not a tragedy, it’s a massacre”. Congress ministers have told the chief minister to resign as he has failed to do his job, protecting the people of his realm. “Hope he (Yogi Adityanath) has enough shame in him to go and regret to the parents & quit on moral grounds,” said Sudhindra Bhadoria of BSP.
The chief minister has asked his ministers to check in the hospital and is yet to make an appearance at BRD Medical College. The hospital claims that there was no shortage in the supply of oxygen. The gas company that supplies cylinders to the Hospital have also given their statement, “Deaths not due to oxygen supply cut-off, no one can stop supply like this, we know consequences” said Meenu Walia, HR Pushpa Gas agency. The owner of the liquid oxygen company, Pushpa Sales Pvt. Limited, Manish Bhandari is absconding. The consequence of this “massacre” is going to be seen by the parents of the children who lost their lives not because it was their time to go but because of the carelessness of the hospital.