A major tragedy in Gorakhpur involving the death of 30 people at BRD Medical College has caused massive outrage in the state of Uttar Pradesh. As per reports, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh today said that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered from him to have an in depth look into the Gorakhpur tragedy.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath in a statement in relation to the incident while addressing a press conference in Lucknow said, “We have formed a committee under state chief secretary to probe the incident. The role of oxygen gas vendor who was allocated the job during the previous government will also be investigated.”
He also said that the principal at BRD Medical College has been suspended and that any person found guilty in relation to the incident will not be spared and further action will be taken. During the press conference, he also admitted that one of the greatest challenges for his government is the Japanese encephalitis and that the government under his rule has an assured solution for the menace.
The UP CM and Gorakhpur MLA said, “Encephalitis has been there since 1978 and if infants from eastern Uttar Pradesh are suffering from it then it’s due to lack of hygiene and open defecation.”
Considering the extremely sensitive nature of the incident, Yogi Adityanath has urged the media to ensure that facts and correct figure of deaths be put forward in order to avoid any chaos in the city.The Chief Minister during his last two visits to the hospital was not informed of this problem and lashed out at the administration for the principal of the Medical College leaving without informing.
The incident happened on Thursday where over 30 children have been reported to have died. According to the numbers, as provided by the officials, 17 children have been reported to have died in the neo-natal ward, five in the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) ward and 8 deaths in the general ward. The cause for the same is believed to the delay caused by the college authorities towards the payment for oxygen vendors.