Incidentally, the oxygen supply department in the hospital had warned the hospital authorities about shortage in two separate letters on August 3 and 10. "The incident is very unfortunate, my condolences to families", he said.
Babbar also demanded filing of criminal cases against those responsible for disruption of oxygen supply to the hospital due to non-payment of bills to the private suppler. "It will take time to improve the condition of the healthcare sector in Uttar Pradesh", he told ANI. "If there was any negligence, no one would be spared", the UP CM said.
"The Government will not accept any excuse and action will be taken against the guilty to prevent recurrence of such incidents", he asserted even as he urged the media to report the correct figures in sensitive matters. "Information about low-pressure situation in liquid oxygen supply was received on August 10 at 7:30 pm and gas cylinders were immediately pressed into service".
"UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited BRD Medical College hospital on July 9 and August 9, and held elaborate discussions with doctors and the principal".
Although, state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh has announced that the principal of the BRD Medical College, Dr. Rajiv Mishra, has been suspended with immediate effect 'owing to laxity'. Even BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj said the deaths were because oxygen supply was cut off. "Neither did anyone inform him about shortage of oxygen there".
Reflecting on the incident, PMO said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur and that he is in touch with central and state authorities.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow a day after his visit to the medical college, UP Congress Committee (UPCC) president Raj Babbar claimed the government was directly responsible for the "killing" of so many innocent children, and the CM must resign on moral grounds or he should be sacked.
The principal, however, later said that he resigned even as he owned up to the responsibility of the whole episode.
"As per records, 17-18 deaths a month are reported due to Encephalitis".
Whereas parents of nearly 35 children have alleged that the fatalities were due to the lack of insufficient oxygen supply in the children's ward who have died in a state-run hospital in northern India over the past three days.
With seventy children plagued by encephalitis dying over the past week in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College due to an alleged shortage of oxygen supply, the Uttar Pradesh government has not been forthcoming to questions, though many remain. Both the Ministers denied the allegations of oxygen disruption leading to the spree of deaths.
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