Terming the tragic deaths of over 60 in a Gorakhpur hospital as "unfortunate", the Congress and the Samajwadi Party on Saturday said it is a case of sheer negligence and held Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his government accountable for the mishap. "The role of oxygen gas supplier who was allocated the job during the previous government will also be investigated".
UP Medical Education Minister, Ashutosh Tandon said, "There haven't been any deaths due to lack of oxygen supply".
The opposition tore into the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, seeking the scalps of the state Health and Medical Education Ministers for the deaths of over 60 children. It seems like the authorities of Gorakhpur are not sacred of anyone.
"On the basis of the probe report, appropriate action will be taken", he maintained.
Akhilesh blamed the present state government of being non-serious towards such issues, and said what has happened is a serious matter. On Thursday, the center pipeline operator had informed in writing that the reading of Liquid Oxygen is 900 and if the oxygen supply is not available at the time of time then the life of the patients will be in danger.
The family had rushed the newborn to the hospital from neighbouring Siddharthnagar district on August 9 because he had a high fever.
Short of oxygen supply was due to non payment of dues to the company that supplied oxygen. He has rushed two top ministers, including health minister Sidharth Nath Singh to Gorakhpur.
"People responsible for this will not be spared".
According to the official Twitter account of the UP chief minister (@CMOfficeUP), Adityanath has directed that a detailed probe be conducted into the incident and strict action be ensured.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said stringent action would be taken against those found guilty.
The Prime Minister's Office also said that PM Narendra Modi is in constant touch with central and UP government officials and monitoring the situation himself.
"Children die a painful death in Gorakhpur due to lack of oxygen supply". He said 17 children died in the neo-natal ward, 5 in AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and 8 in the general ward.
Of the 73 patients in the 100-bed encephalitis ward, 54 were on ventilator when the oxygen supply was disrupted at 7.30 am.
At least 30 children died at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur due to alleged discontinuation of oxygen supply by a private contractor due to non payment of dues.