Gorakhpur deaths: NHRC notice to UP government

Notice to Uttar Pradesh government over deaths of several children in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur

GN Bureau | August 14, 2017


#NHRC   #Gorakhpur   #BRD medical college   #children   #death   #Uttar Pradesh   #oxygen supply   #Lucknow  


 The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government following the death of several children in the BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur. The commission has called for a detailed report along with the steps taken for relief and rehabilitation of the affected families as well as action taken against the guilty officers within four weeks.

 The notice sent to the UP chief secretary follows the suo motu cognizance taken by the rights commission of several media reports hinting at negligence in the supply of liquid oxygen at the hospital, which resulted in the tragedy. 
 
NHRC observed that the deaths, in such a large number in a government run hospital, amount to serious violation of right to life and health of the innocent victims. This indicates gross callousness on part of the hospital administration and the medical education and health department of the state. Earlier too, it has come across several instances of deaths in the hospitals due to Japanese Encephalitis. 
 
The commission observed that the issue of deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis was discussed with the chief secretary and other senior officers of the state government in detail during its Open Hearing and Camp Sitting at Lucknow for the cases of Uttar Pradesh from August 9 to 11. However, in spite of assurance given by the state administration, the situation has not improved. 
 
According to the various media reports, carried since August 12, the private firm contracted to supply liquid oxygen to the BRD Medical College, stopped the supplies, as it was not paid the outstanding dues of almost Rs. 70 Lakh and the result was deaths of about 60 children who were admitted in the neo-natal and encephalitis wards of the hospital.
 
As per media reports, the magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the administration to ascertain the cause of deaths. In the last three decades, JE and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have claimed over 50,000 lives in eastern Uttar Pradesh, mostly in Gorakhpur district. 
 
A total of 124 deaths were reported in the hospital till August 8, 2017. As many as 641 children died last year and 491 in the year 2015.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Manmohan Singh favours ‘time-tested measures’ for economy

The much hyped ‘double engine’ model of governance on which the BJP is seeking votes has utterly failed, and Mumbai and Maharashtra have had to face some of the worst effects of economic slowdown, former prime minister Manmohan Singh has said. A lot of problems facing Maharashtra

“If the oppn is weak you can’t blame the govt for that”

A three-term Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Raut is the Shiv Sena spokesperson and its voice in parliament. He is also the executive editor of Marathi newspaper Samana, started by Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. Raut spoke with Geetanjali Minhas on his party’s seat-sharing agreement

Ashish Shelar of BJP says, “We are very confident of victory”

Ashish Shelar, 47, was the president of the Mumbai city unit of the BJP, before he became the minister of school education, sports and youth welfare in the Maharashta government this year. He has represented the Vandre West constituency in the state assembly and seeking re-election. In a chat with

Nobel for economics goes to `global fight against poverty`

The Nobel Prize in economics for 2019 goes to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty." The prize, known as “The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel”, was announc

Modi-Xi script a new chapter in bilateral relations

Prime minister Narendra Modi has accepted president Xi Jinping’s invitation to visit China in 2020 for their third informal summit after Wuhan and Mamallapuram, indicating both sides’ realization of the importance of the mechanism which gives the two leaders of the Asian giants an opportunity t

Dharma as the original Idea of India

Dharma: Hinduism and Religions in India By Chaturvedi Badrinath Edited by Tulsi Badrinath Penguin, 194+ xiii pages, Rs 499 How to live: That is the most fundamental question of human existence.



Archives

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter