Mumbai: Following the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, which is reported to have claimed over 60 lives, the head of BRD Medical College Dr Rajeev Mishra was suspended on Saturday while paediatrician Dr Kafeel Khan was removed yesterday.
According to a report on the NDTV website, Dr Khan was sacked for failing to take action on a letter that was written on Thursday morning by those in charge of the hospital’s oxygen supply, warning that that there was only enough to last till the evening and asking for emergency supplies. “We are not saying that the doctor can’t be responsible, but he’s not the only one responsible. We want a proper inquiry, government officials are also involved and even they should be held accountable. Not just a single doctor,” said Dr Bhatti of AIIMS to NDTV.
Over 60 children are said to have died at BRD Medical College and Hospital in Gorkhpur since Thursday. The supply of liquid oxygen dipped to a critical low. The opposition called for resignation of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. CM has promised that the action will be taken against those who are found guilty and has ordered an inquiry into the matter. The government continues to deny emphatically that the shortage of oxygen led to deaths.
“I was here on the 9th and I categorically asked about encephalitis but no one informed me. We made payment (to the oxygen vendor) on August 7. Why didn’t the hospital administration make the payment?” Chief Minister Adityanath said yesterday. Union Health Minister JP Nadda announced that an 85-crore regional medical centre would be set up in Gorakhpur for research on diseases that afflict children.