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Delhi Govt. to hold emergency meeting in wake of Gorakhpur tragedy

Delhi Govt. to hold emergency meeting in wake of Gorakhpur tragedy

Adityanath said he was also anxious about "the rise of swine flu, dengue, chikungunya and other illnesses" in the state, and that the government was making special provisions to fight these diseases.

At least 30 children died since Thursday in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College amid allegations that a private contractor stopped supplying oxygen cylinders as the government-run hospital hasn't paid dues of about Rs 70 lakh. As per the data procured from the BRD hospital, in past five days from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths occurred in the hospital.

"After the Gorakhpur tragedy, we have issued a written order to all the nine government medical colleges and 12 other prominent medical institutes in the state to ensure that there is no shortage of any medicine or oxygen in the hospitals", additional chief secretary, medical education, Anita Bhatnagar Jain told PTI.

Meanwhile, the Congress on Sunday noted that GorakhpurHospital tragedy clearly reflects the failure of the state government and demanded that Yogi Adityanath immediately resign as Chief Minister.

Notwithstanding the denials of the state government, a preliminary report by the district magistrate said that there was a "breakdown" in the oxygen supply on Thursday night. "Go to wards (of hospitals) and report from there".

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"Deaths are not due to oxygen supply cut-off, no one can stop supply like this, we know consequences", said Meenu Walia, HR, Pushpa Gas agency. The principal of the college has been suspended.

Attendants and family members of the patients admitted here, however, claim that despite the funds, there were neither doctors, nor proper treatment, adequate medicines or oxygen supply at the medical college. The action was taken following report submitted to chief minister Yogi Adityanath by state health minister Siddhartha Nath Singh and state medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon, who visited the hospital earlier in the day, on his instruction.

"I am pained beyond words by the tragic deaths of 30 children in Gorakhpur".

After the news of the incident broke out Gupta, who was the first to reaches at the Gorakhpur hospital, he said seven deaths were reported and most of these because of illness.

Taking a swipe at the Uttar Pradesh health minister, the Congress leader tweeted, "UP Health Minister only seeks votes in Lal Bahadur Shastri ji's name -he doesn't follow Shastri ji's high morals in politics..." Critics have blamed the oxygen shortage for some of the deaths - a claim the hospital has denied. However, the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath has emphatically stated that no child died because of paucity of oxygen.