Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health minister JP Nadda on Sunday visited the Gorakhpur hospital where 30 infants had died in the space of 48 hours since August 10. The two also met with the families of the victims of the tragedy.
In a related development, principal of the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur Dr Rajeev Mishra, who was suspended following the incident has resigned from the post.
Late on Sunday, UP Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh confirmed the development, saying, “Yes, he has resigned. But no good, because we have already suspended him and initiated enquiry of his misdoings.”
Earlier, addressing a presser after his visit, the Chief Minister apprised that a probe has been ordered and “no guilty will be spared”. The CM has thus far maintained that oxygen shortage, as reported in the sections of press, did not lead to the deaths.
“A committee chaired by the chief secretary is looking into the developments in the NICU, which will investigate whether the deaths were due to encephalitis or due to lack of oxygen…I am assuring you that those responsible for this tragic incident will not be spared,” he said.
The Uttar Pradesh CM also added that the Centre has sent a team of doctors from Delhi to tackle the encephalitis issue.
“I have been fighting against this disease since 1995-1996, I have seen children die due to encephalitis, so nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than me,” Adityanath said.
He said that Japanese encephalitis isn’t the only issue Uttar Pradesh is facing, “My worry isn’t just encephalitis, but also the rise of swine flu, dengue, chikungunya and other illnesses.” He said while addressing the presser along with Union Health Minister JP Nadda.
Underlining that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “worried” over the tragic incident and had called him to offer support, Yogi said that the UP government has asks medical colleges across the state to ensure there is no shortage of medicines or oxygen.
The Chief Minister, who has also been a long standing MP from Gorakhpur constituency, had briefed the Prime Minister on Saturday about the incident.
The deaths have also sparked a string of reactions from political opponents, with some of them also demanding his resignation.