Opposition parties were raising the issue as the government was shying away from its responsibilities, he said.
Denying that the children had died due to lack of oxygen, he confirmed that there was shortage of liquid oxygen at the medical college and that due to non-payment of Rs 70 lakhs, the vendor supplying oxygen has stopped supply. But officials said there was nothing extraordinary about the outstanding amount and the hospital, the biggest in Purvanchal, is not facing any fiancial crunch. However, on Thursday, the supply was disrupted again leading to more deaths.
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Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said on Friday: "No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to shortage of oxygen supply". The tragic incident has paved way for another political blame game as Congress demands the resignation of state health minister Siddharth Nath Singh.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today issued directives to authorities to reach the spot and initiate a thorough probe, while ensuring strict action.
Gorakhpur: Almost 36 hours after the Gorakhpur tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broken his silence over the Gorakhpur tragedy in which more than 30 children died at a government-run hospital.
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Minister of State for health Anupriya Patel will visit Gorakhpur on Sunday to assess the situation and a panel led by the chief secretary will investigate the oxygen supplier's role, Adityanath said. "So, the report about death of children due to Oxygen shortage is false", he told "The Pioneer". Hospital illegally charged 60 lakh rupees for the oxygen supply. "The government needs to tackle it with a rigorous campaign", said R. N. Singh, a medical doctor who has been leading the fight against the disease in Gorakhpur district.
In more embarrassment for the state government, it has come to light that the staff of the Central Oxygen Pipeline Plant had written to the head of the paediatrics department of the hospital warning them of dwindling oxygen stock. Meanwhile, as per the data procured from the BRD hospital, a total of 60 deaths have occurred in the hospital in the past five days i.e. from August 7 to August 11.
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