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UP govt directive to medical colleges: Stock up oxygen


Lucknow : In the aftermath of the Gorakhpur Medical College hospital debacle that saw the deaths of over 63 children, the UP government under pressure has asked all the medical colleges to ensure that there is no shortage of medicines or oxygen. The stategovernment’s medical education department, in a letter to the medical colleges, also directed them to immediately pay all the outstanding dues to the oxygen suppliers.

The order is applicable to all the nine government medical colleges and 12 other prominent medical institutes in the state. Additional chief secretary, medical education, Anita Bhatnagar Jain said:  “If there is any pending payment, which is yet to be made to any gas supplier, then it should be done immediately. There should be no shortage of oxygen in the institute, and adequate stock of oxygen must be maintained,” Jain said.

The principals of all the medical colleges in the state have also been told to personally ensure that there is no shortage of any medicine or oxygen, and no laxity in this regard will be tolerated.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yesterday once agan refuted the reports that oxygen shortage led to the tragedy and blamed its principal for not bringing the issue before him.

Officials claim that the payment for O2 gas supply in BRD Medical College was already done and Principals of all the medical colleges have been told to personally monitor the gas supplies. There should not be any delay in making payments. If there is any problem, then it must be conveyed to the state government at the earliest,” Jain said.