The Gorakhpur tragedy and its aftermath

Order has returned to Gorakhpur hospital after Yogi Adityanath visit, say kin of patients

A relative carrying the body of a child.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Agricultural labourer Ganga Ram was happy that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the BRD Government College and Hospital on Sunday as, “with him came everything in order”. Family members of several children admitted to different wards, with whom the U.P. CM spoke, maintained, “He came, he saw, he asked us a few lines and he moved away with everything in order.”

“He [the CM] asked if there any problem, if there was a lack of oxygen, how our child was now, and then moved to the next bed,” said Ganga Ram, whose 1.5-year-old grandchild Ankesh Kumar was admitted in the room housing bed numbers 25 to 38 in the 100-bed ward of the hospital’s encephalitis block. Coming from Faizabad, Ganga Ram’s grandchild was admitted in the hospital on August 10 but, he says, “by God’s grace, he was not on the list of the 30 children that died.”

Anjana Devi, who hails from the from Ballia village, and whose nine-month-old baby girl Aaradhya is admitted in the same ward for the past one week, echoes similar views. “Today, with the coming of the CM, doctors and nurses became more active and attentive…for us, it is all like a Godsent,” she told The Hindu. The CM asked her how her child was, she said, adding that he also asked, “Oxygen mil raha hai bacche ko? (is your child is getting oxygen?).”

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