Hospital head axed; Yogi blames kids' deaths on filth

He said, "I brought my five-year-old baby Khushi to the BRD Hospital on August 10".

"There was inadequate oxygen supply for those 2 hours, but the administration had ensured that there is no shortage of cylinders at the hospital", the health minister added. While there are credible claims that the deaths were caused by disruption of liquid oxygen supply, the State government has been denying this.

He said if the matter is properly investigated the state government would be found to be squarely responsible for the "gross negligence" that led to the death of infants. "The chief minister, health minister and the health secretary must immediately resign and doctors should not be blamed for this", he said.

The firm entrusted with supplying liquid oxygen to Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College had in April informed the Uttar Pradesh chief minister's office about pending dues, the AAP claimed on Monday.

Though the Gorakhpur district magistrate had not given any reason for the deaths, an official here had said that according to the Gorakhpur superintendent of police (SP), 21 children died due to oxygen supply shortage.

Referring to the probe ordered by the Uttar Pradesh government, the Congress leader wondered, "How can an accused probe allegations against himself?"

Adityanath during the conference said, "The geography of east Uttar Pradesh is such that we can not win the war against vector-borne diseases".

CM also presented the figure of deaths of children in the last 5 days. The minister for medical education in the Yogi Adityanath government looks after this. He said that he himself had visited the college hospital for four times after being Chief Minister only to strengthen the treatment facilities for Encephalitis and acute Encephalitis syndrome.

Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deeply concerned and has offered complete support, Adityanath said that nobody can be more sensitive than him in the regard. Every year, encephalitis outbreaks in Uttar Pradesh kill hundreds.

The incident sparked a national outcry, with opposition parties demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Adityanath, who had visited the hospital on August 9, said no issue of unpaid bills was brought to his attention and all requests for funds were met promptly.

JP Nadda announced setting up of an 85-crore regional medical centre in Gorakhpur for research on diseases that afflict children.