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The UP government has ordered FIRs to be registered against doctors and officials of the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur along with a FIR against the supplier of liquid oxygen to the hospital, based on a report submitted by chief secretary Rajiv Kumar regarding his probe into the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy.
The tragedy at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur resulting in the death of more than 70 children, with 30 dying in the span of a mere 48 hours, shocked the nation and calls were made for taking action against the culprits.
Although reports suggested that shortage of oxygen supply due to non-payment of dues by the hospital had a role to play in the deaths, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath initially stated that a higher than usual death toll was typical for the month of August due to encephalitis in Gorakhpur and maintained that action would be taken after a probe.
According to reports, the principal of the BRD College Dr. Rajiv Mishra and the liquid oxygen supplier from Lucknow were likely to be booked on charges of corruption and negligence while the former nodal officer of the encephalitis ward Dr. Kafeel Ahmed Khan would be booked for private practice.
In addition, the state government has ordered the transfer of additional chief secretary of medical education Anita Bhatnagar Jain to the post of DG training while Rajnish Dubey heading the revenue department has been given the additional charge of medical education. The report does not mention the role of medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon.
The report has also advised regular inspections of the medical colleges in the state by the medical education minister Tandon and stressed the need for long and short-term measures for improving the medical system in the state.