Local officials have conceded there was a disruption to the oxygen supply at the hospital in Gorakhpur, but insist the deaths were caused by encephalitis and other illnesses, not a lack of available oxygen. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones. In addition, Dr PK Singh, Principal of Rajkiya Medical College, Ambedkar Nagar, has been given additional charge of BRD Medical College.
The Chief Minister of the state, Yogi Adityanath, a saffron-robed Hindu priest, is the elected Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur. He urged the Opposition parties to not politicise the tragic deaths.
At least 30 children died since Thursday in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College amid allegations that a private contractor stopped supplying oxygen cylinders as the government-run hospital hasn't paid dues of about Rs 70 lakh.
The state's health minister suspended the hospital's top official, holding him accountable for the oxygen supply until the completion of a formal investigation. He further blamed encephalitis as the root cause for children's death at BRD Medical College. Another child died of encephalitis on Sunday morning.
"What is unfortunate is that the tragedy happened two days after the chief minister's visit to the hospital", the Congress leader said demanding a public apology from the chief minister. Reason behind the drastic incident alleged to be some infections and lack of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward. There should not be any delay in making payments. He was addressing a press conference on Sunday, 13 August along with federal Health Minister JP Nadda outside the hospital after inspecting the victims' families.
Rautela said that the hospital owed 6.8 million rupees (£81,900) to the company, but added that it had adequate numbers of oxygen cylinders.
Congress Vice President also tweeted about children dying in the hospitals on Friday, August 11.
Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh had said that according to reports from the paediatric department of the college, 60 children died due to various diseases since August 7.