Gorakhpur Hospital Apathy: CM Yogi And Ministers Pin Blame Squarely On Oxygen Supplier

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed a news conference on Saturday evening on the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy in which 63 children died within a span of just six days.

The first time chief minister, who had nonetheless been a Lok Sabha MP from the Gorakhpur constituency for almost two decades, and had visited the very same hospital as recently as three days ago said that his government had constituted a committee led by the Chief Secretary to inquire into the role of the Oxygen supplier, Pushpa sales, in the apathy.

Promising to not spare the guilty, he said that his cabinet ministers had gone to the hospital to ascertain the facts and that the District Magistrate would also be giving his report in due course. 

Following Yogi Adityanath, the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel said "We are all pained by the incident. I was immediately rushed to the hospital by the Chief Minister".

The state's Health Minister, Siddharth Nath Singh, then read out a list of statistics detailing the number of children who had died in the hospital over the last three years, citing a catalogue of reasons, from under-weight babies to encephalitis.

Here are the numbers he provided - 

2014: 567 children
2015: 668 children
2016: 587 children

Above is UP CM Yogi Adityanath's full news conference.