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?
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
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.
Unless the chronic deficiencies in the country’s public health system are rectified, tragedies like Gorakhpur will keep happening.
The Gorakhpur district magistrate’s report also demanded strict action against the oxygen supplier for cutting the supply of an “emergency service” while refraining to put any blame on the Adityanath-led UP gover
In any sane democracy, the death of over 60 children in a few days would have been a career-ending event. Not here.
“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.
The National Human Rights Commission has asked the UP government to submit a report on what happened and how it is compensating families.
With the government giving 23 natural reasons for the children’s deaths, the official line eliminates any human or institutional hand or negligence.
A desperate attempt is underway to change the narrative over the death of scores of children.
The UP government insists that the deaths are unrelated to any oxygen shortage, though they are yet to explain why 23 children died on August 10.