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The tragedy that took place at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur city shook the nation as more than 70 children died within the span of 1 week, leading to demands on who or what was responsible for the incident.
While reports state that a shortage of oxygen supply was the cause of the tragedy, the UP state government has said that the reason will be uncovered by a probed and action will be taken subsequently.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has appointed a team of three members comprising of K P Kushwaha and B B Gupta from IMA, Gorakhpur, and Ashok Aggarwal NVP IMA, Allahabad to inquire into the deaths of the children at the BRD hospital,
In an official statement, the IMA said that their team will be looking into various aspects of the Tragedy including whether the deaths were caused by a failure of the oxygen system, why an alert had not been sounded in advance, why the oxygen supply was allowed to cease and what the engineers were doing at the time.
The panel of doctors will ascertain if there had been any medical negligence and whether the deaths had been avoidable.
Meanwhile, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) over the matter has also been filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking a judicial inquiry and restraining doctors from private practice at the BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur.
The petitioners have blamed the deaths on 'carelessness' of the doctors at the hospital and further contended that although encephalitis claims many young lives every year there were no effective measures to contain the outbreak of the vector-borne disease. The petitioners also prayed for directions so that stern punishment was meted out to those held responsible for the deaths.
The Supreme Court on August 14 had initially been approached to take Suo motu cognisance of the deaths in the Gorakhpur hospital, however, the apex court said that the matter should first be taken to the Allahabad High Court.