The Hindu had reported on Sunday that while the Uttar Pradesh government admitted that there was a shortage of gas supply in the hospital on the night of August 10, no deaths happened because of it. While there are credible claims that the deaths were caused by disruption of liquid oxygen supply, the State government has been denying this.
It is certain from the figures provided by the hospital that a majority of the deaths occurred on Thursday when oxygen supplies were disrupted. "Prime Minister has also sent Union Health Minister JP Nadda to take cognizance of the situation", Adityanath said.
In an horrific incident that took place in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital on 11 August, 63 children died due to alleged shortage of oxygen.
On Mr. Adityanath's instructions, Health Minister Sidharthnath Singh and Mr. Tandon left for Gorakhpur.
Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deeply concerned and has offered complete support, Adityanath said that nobody can be more sensitive than him in the regard. We want a proper probe in this case. 641 children died last year and 491 in the year 2015.
The parents said the company that supplies oxygen to the hospital had earlier threatened to stop oxygen distribution unless the government paid their long overdue bills.
The shocking deaths in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital of 63 children turned into a blame game as officials passed the buck on who was actually responsible for the deaths.
Chief Justice of India (CJI), Jagdish Singh Khehar while hearing the plea, observed that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is personally taking interest and had also visited the patients in the hospital.
The incident triggered a spate of reactions from the opposition parties, with the Samajwadi Party and the Congress seeking the resignation of the state health minister. Speaking to media persons, he said his contract with the hospital had ended in March and was not renewed.
Talking to media persons Mr Nadda announced that a regional medical research Centre will be established at Gorakhpur.
Union Minister Patel present at the press conference said that the central government is ready to give full support to the state.