The Gorakhpur hospital deaths continue to haunt the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as he tours around Kerala as part of BJP Jan Raksha Yatra. The official twitter handle of CPI (M) tweeted, “We invite UP CM Yogi to visit Kerala Hospitals to learn how to run Hospitals effectively.” Taking a cue from the jibe, historian Ramchandra Guha too tweeted, “Amit Shah too can learn from Kerala; how the residents of that state have tackled caste and gender discrimination far better than Gujarat.”
This CPI (M)’s taunt came with regard to the Gorakhpur hospital deaths which began on August 10, when over 63 children died at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Gorakhpur is the constituency of the UP CM. While many accredited the deaths to the oxygen supplier cutting off the hospital for non-payment from the state government but the supplier denied the cut-off. The official report by Chief Secretary also denied lack of oxygen as the cause of death. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the deaths observing that it amounted to “gross callousness” on part of the state government’s health administration.