Uttar Pradesh, 19 August(Wishav Warta): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday termed deaths of more than 100 children at a Gorakhpur hospital a “national tragedy” caused by the Uttar Pradesh government’s apathy. The Congress leader was speaking to media at the eastern UP city after visiting the families of four children who died in the government-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College.He visited the tragedy-struck four villages, despite a flood scare, on the outskirt of the city.
“After the visit to villages and meeting the victims’ families, it is clear that the kids died because of lack of oxygen and neglect,” Gandhi told the press conference. He claimed people used artificial manual breathing unit (AMBU) bags to support respiration in ailing children as the oxygen supply was disrupted.“It ‘s clear that it was the UP government-made tragedy,” the Congress vice president said, asking Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to “stop covering up the incident.”
“Chief minister should not cover it up. Rather it should get into action mode. Take action,” he said. Stating that the tragedy was an indicator of the prevailing “health-care system in India,” Gandhi also took a dig at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Modi-ji talks about new India. Is this the new India? We don’t want his new India. We want an India where people take their kids to hospitals and come out from there being happy,” he said.