Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Health minister JP Nadda on Sunday visited the Gorakhpur hospital where 30 children had died in the space of 48 hours.The two also met with the families of the victims of the tragedy.
Addressing a presser on Saturday, the Chief Minister had insisted that oxygen shortage, as reported in the sections of press, did not lead to the death of children in the hospital falling in his home constituency.
“It is a very emotional matter for me as I have been raising the issue of encephalitis since long,” he said, adding Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed concern.
The government will take action on the report of the magisterial inquiry which will be received soon, Adityanath said, promising that no one will be allowed to go scot free and stern action will be taken against those responsible.
On reports that oxygen shortage had caused the deaths, he said if it were the case, it would have been a “heinous act”.
The chief minister said he had asked the officials during his August 9 meeting about the issues such as encephalitis, dengue, kala-azar, swine flu and chikunguniya besides what all they required.
But, the matter relating to oxygen supply was not brought to his notice, he said.
“In my personal interaction with officials, the principal of the BRD medical college and incharge of paediatric ward, I had asked if anything was required from the government but there was no discussion on oxygen,” Adityanath said.
The chief minister addressed the press conference after holding an emergency meeting with senior officials and two senior ministeral colleagues he had sent to Gorakhpur earlier in the day to look into the matter.
Adityanath was flanked by Union Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel, UP Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh and UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon.
His comment came in the backdrop of strident criticism of the minister by opposition parties which demanded his resignation.