Thursday December 12, 2019

Gorakhpur Tragedy: Infant Deaths, Principal of Gorakhpur Medical College Rajeev Mishra Resigns

Death of 30 Infants, all that happened in Gorakhpur Tragedy

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Infant deaths in Gorakhpur Tragedy
Infant deaths in Gorakhpur Tragedy. Pixabay
  • Mishra was suspended due to his irresponsible act of allegedly delaying payment to the supplier of oxygen cylinders
  • The guilty will not be spared and the government would act cruelly
  • Adityanath also held a review meeting of healthcare

Lucknow, August 13, 2017: Gorakhpur Tragedy took many turns, the principal held responsible for the deaths due to lack of oxygen cylinders resigned, then Sidharth Nath Singh, Anupriya Patel, and Yogi Adityanath spoke on the serious issue and showed their concerns to the children’s families who suffered.

Dr. Rajeev Mishra, Principal, Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh who was suspended after the death of 30 infants (within a span of 48 hours) since August 10, resigned yesterday from the post.  The principal, Rajeev Mishra in his letter to the Director General of Medical Education and Training said that he has tendered his resignation from the post and takes the moral responsibility for the recent death of 30 children admitted to the hospital’s pediatric ward.

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UP Health Minister, Sidharth Nath Singh confirmed the resignation of Mishra from the post of the BRD medical college principal. According to PTI report, he said, “Yes, he has resigned. But no good, because we have already suspended him and initiated inquiry of his misdoings.” Sidharth Nath Singh and  UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon said that Mishra was suspended due to his irresponsible act of allegedly delaying payment to the supplier of oxygen cylinders.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel said that the guilty will not be spared and the government would act cruelly and with a firm hand in order to punish callous officials responsible for it.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke on the Gorakhpur Tragedy and said that he had started the fight against Encephalitis in Gorakhpur.  His thoughts are with grieving families. Adityanath has toured the hospital twice since becoming chief minister.  He said, “We will be getting a detailed report on the cause of deaths. Not all of them were due to lack of oxygen. We have constituted a committee to be led by the chief secretary to inquire the role of oxygen supplier in the incident.” Following this incident, a Candle light march was held yesterday at BRD Medical College.

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Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela said that 17 children have died in the neo-natal ward, 5 in the ward meant for patients suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome and 8 in the general ward. He denied the children’s death due to lack of oxygen though confirmed that indeed there was a shortage of liquid oxygen at the medical college and due to non-payment of Rs 70 lakh, the vendor supplying oxygen stopped the supply. He further added that part payment of Rs 35 lakh has been made to the vendor and that he had been requested not to disrupt the oxygen supply.

Adityanath also held a review meeting of healthcare, among other things. The father of an infant from Padrauna told media that there was an acute shortage of oxygen and accused authorities are lying to the media. “I am ready to hear the worst about my child,” he said amid flowing tears.

Another worried father, Deep Chandra belonging to Basti district also echoed similar sentiments and said that for the last 48 hours, there was no oxygen supply and the children admitted here at the hospital were left to die despite prayers and requests to the officials of the medical college. Dozens of children admitted to the hospital are hanging between life and death situation and in absence of proper treatment, medicines, and oxygen, they have lost hope, said many others.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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UP Man Invents A Shredder Machine To Wipe Out Stubble Burning Issue

Gangaram's this simple innovation could help governments fight the menace of stubble burning

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Bicycle-based machine can crush particles of the crop residue and can be turned into compost and farmers will not require any chemical fertiliser. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Even as the Centre and the state governments are trying to find a solution to the menace of stubble burning, an innovator from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur claims to have developed a cost effective solution. Ganga Ram Chauhan has invented a bicycle-based shredder machine which can crush and grind elements, including wood, leaves and crop remains into particles of less than 80 mm size. These particles can then be easily converted into compost. The machine costs only around Rs 5,000-6000, he says.

“A scientist Mita Tarafdar asked me to develop a machine for zero waste management. Stubble burning was an issue that I had always wanted to deal with. So I developed a bicycle-based shredder machine. Crushed particles of the crop residue can be turned into compost and farmers will not require any chemical fertiliser. They can sell their bio crops and vegetables at higher prices,” said Ganga Ram Chauhan.

Senior principal scientist Mita Tarafdar, from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur (CSIR-NML), said that the machine was kept at the centre and can be improvised to benefit farmers and also check pollution due to the stubble burning.

The 50-year-old Ganga Ram Chauhan constantly keeps innovating and was awarded by the Yogi government in 2018 for his innovations.

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Fumes of smoke seen as farmers burn straw stubble after harvesting the paddy crops in a field. Pixabay

He had developed ‘bogie-rickshaw’ for school children in the year 2000, and has been inventing many useful machines ever since.

“My father was a plumber in Gorakhpur. I am not a science graduate, but technology and invention run in my blood. I had invented a bicycle which can be cycled very easily and its rear tyre does not wear out fast. My invention was approved by the CSIR- NML Jamshedpur and I was awarded for the same by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth last year,” he said.

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Chauhan said: “I am not good at English and do not know the engineering jargon which makes it tough for me to explain and publicise my inventions.”

But, Gangaram’s this simple innovation could help governments fight the menace of stubble burning and may also help curb the rising pollution. (IANS)