The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday suspended the principal of Baba Raghav Das Medical College (BRDMC) Gorakhpur for “negligent behaviour”.
UP’s Minister for Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon announced the action during a press conference after he and Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh took stock of the situation leading to deaths of over 30 children in 48 hours.
“High-level probe, headed by Principal Secretary, is underway. Till then we are suspending the principal of the college with immediate effect,” Tandon said
Over 30 children died in the state-run BRD Medical College during the last 48 hours. According to the official, 17 children died in the neo-natal ward, five in the AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and eight in the general ward.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is constantly monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur and is in constant touch with authorities from the Central and state government.