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As 60 children die in Gorakhpur hospital in five days, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Sunday, paid a visit to the state-run hospital and assured that anyone found guilty of negligence would not be spared.
On his visit to the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, where 60 children died allegedly due to the shortage of oxygen. The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by Union Minister JP Nadda, said that the government will take the strongest action against anyone who is found guilty of negligence in the case.
"Nobody will be spared," he added, reiterating what he said on Saturday at a press conference.
CM Yogi also sought the Centre's help to set up a virus research centre in the eastern part of the state to fight vector borne diseases like encephalitis, which claims several lives every year.
He said, "The atmosphere of eastern UP is such that there are many vector borne diseases like encephalitis. To stop the diseases we need to have a full-fledged Central Virus Research Centre."
Responding to the UP Chief Minister's request, Nadda said, the Centre has approved Rs 85 crore for setting up a central Viral Research Centre in Gorakhpur.
"The approval for a Central-level Viral Research Centre has been given. The research centre will be set up in Gorakhpur to help in finding out the real problems of the vector borne diseases in the areas of eastern UP and will help in finding a permanent solution. For this purpose the Centre will release Rs 85 crore," he added.
While the initial reports were suggesting that the deaths were caused by the lack of oxygen in the hospital, Chief Minister Yogi clarified that the reason behind the deaths was encephalitis.
Earlier, Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel and Health Secretary C.K. Mishra visited the hospital on the directions of the Centre to look into the lapses in the BRD Medical College. The Principal of the BRD Medical College, R.K. Mishra has already been suspended for alleged negligence and callousness.