The Gorakhpur district administration has sent its report on child deaths at the BRD Medical College hospital to the Uttar Pradesh government, saying that some children admitted in the encephalitis and neonatal wards died due to oxygen crisis, according to sources.Read more ↓
While government officers refused to confirm the contents of the report, sources said Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela indicted doctors, para medical staff and clerks of the medical college. Here are 10 things to know about the DM’s report and the latest developments in the case:
1) The Yogi Adityanath-led government had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the deaths on August 12. About 70 children have died at the hospital in the past week as it ran out of medical supplies because of unpaid bills, triggering anger across the country. Rautela was asked to complete the probe and send his report to the chief secretary.
2) The DM’s report says Rajiv Mishra, the then principal of BRD Medical College, was aware of the impending oxygen crisis but failed to alert senior officers in the medical education and health departments, according to sources.
3) The report says Mishra went on leave after CM Adityanath’s visit to the medical college on August 9. He did not inform the chief minister about the oxygen crisis and payment of dues to the supplier.
4) The DM has called for strict action against the oxygen supplier, Pushpa Sales, for stopping oxygen supply due to delay in payment of Rs 69 lakh arrears.
5) Oxygen supply is an emergency service and the company cannot suspend supply, the DM’s report says. The DM also indicted Dr Satish Kumar, member of the purchase committee who went on leave on August 11 without taking the principal’s permission. The air conditioner installed in the encephalitis ward was faulty but Dr Kumar did not get it repaired, the report said.
6) The report has blamed Dr Kafeel Khan, the then in-charge of the encephalitis ward, for the crisis and death of children, sources said.
7) Chief secretary Rajive Kumar confirmed he had received the DM’s report. However, there was no official confirmation on the contents of the report.
8) The Hindu has reported that a three-member Central government committee said the deaths were not caused by shortage of oxygen supply. “In fact, the number of deaths have reduced compared to last year,’’ The Hindu quoted said Dr Harish Chellani, Safdarjung Hospital, Pediatric Department, who was part of the team, as saying.
9) A public interest litigation has been filed in the Allahabad high court, seeking a judicial inquiry into the deaths at the BRD Hospital.
10) The petitioners have blamed the deaths on “carelessness” of the doctors at the hospital and further contended that although encephalitis claims many young lives every year there were no effective measures to contain the outbreak of the vector-borne disease.
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