With only 18 months to go for the general elections, the BJP seems to have decided to abandon the vikas plank and go back to full-throated Hindutva and minority baiting.
Vinod Dua talks about the UP chief minister’s plan to build a Ram statue as part of religious tourism in the state and the lack of strong public policies for the elderly.
Over a span of one week in August, over 63 children died at the same hospital due to disruption in oxygen supply.
When we address the question of reform in public systems, can we not also address the question of reform in human nature?
About 10,000 infants have died in the hospital since it began operating in 1972.
The principal, giving a break up of the numbers, said 213 of the 290 children had died in the neo-natal ward of the ICU and 77 in the encephalitis ward.
Eleven of the deaths in the past three days have been reported from the encephalitis ward, while 25 each have been recorded in the neonatal intensive care unit and general paediatric ward.
Are these children just a piece of news, some numbers, data? Or a legacy of 70 years of apathy that runs in my – and everybody else’s – free veins?
Due to the vacancies, the panel found that the patients were being tended to by untrained doctors beyond office hours.
The UP chief minister has said he will prevent the recurrence of such events, but that will mean focusing efforts on locating and solving systemic problems rather than suspending individuals.
“One can keep blaming us for things but this is an exercise which has been neglected for the last 20 years in the state of UP, Bihar, Assam,” UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh said.
In the tenth episode of Media Bol, Urmilesh discusses the media coverage of the death of 70 children in Gorakhpur with TV journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani and The Wire Hindi’s Krishnakant.
With the government giving 23 natural reasons for the children’s deaths, the official line eliminates any human or institutional hand or negligence.