Dr. Kafeel rushed to the clinics of his doctor friends and brought around 12 oxygen cylinders in his car”While others doctors gave up hope, Dr Khan managed the situation well by arranging oxygen cylinders from private nursing homes. He saved many lives by his efforts and presence of mind,” said Gaurav Tripathi, an eyewitness.
Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh: In one of the tragic incident in Indian history, more than 60 children reportedly lost their lives in over five days at Gorakhpur hospital run by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. The children in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital died because of infections and an alleged disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward.
Almost 30 children reportedly died in less than 48 hours, between Thursday and Friday at BRDMC hospital.
While the situation at hospital was turning into worse, senior paediatrician Dr. Kafeel Ahmed Khan tried his best to ensure that oxygen supply doesn’t stop when he got alerted from hospital. Despite his best efforts, he could not save 30 children suffering from Japanese Encephalitis from dying due to insufficient amount of Oxygen Cylinders however eyewitness accounts, if Dr Kafeel had not showed up on time, more children would have died.
At around 2 am on Thursday night, employees of the encephalitis ward informed Dr. Kafeel that oxygen could be supplied to the children for only one more hour. Dr. Kafeel rushed to the clinics of his doctor friends and brought around 12 oxygen cylinders in his car. He also contacted SSB’s DIG and brought 10 cylinders from there.
By now, it was 6 am and several critical children were developing convulsions for want of oxygen. Khan left the hospital again and made a round to other nursing homes known to him.
When the oxygen supply finally stopped at around 7 am on Friday morning, Dr. Kafeel along with his team of junior doctors tried their best to ensure patients and their caretakers remain calm. According to reports, the senior doctor himself called around six oxygen suppliers in the district.
A vendor namely, Mayur Gases got ready to refill the oxygen bottles on the condition of cash payment. Dr. Kafeel gave his ATM card to one of his employees to withdraw Rs 10,000 and asked him to bring cash to make the payment. He also paid a truck driver from his own pocket and sent him to bring oxygen cylinders.
Reportedly, when a gas vendor denied refilling the cylinders, Dr. Kafeel also sought help from senior district administration officials.
“While others doctors gave up hope, Dr Khan managed the situation well by arranging oxygen cylinders from private nursing homes. He saved many lives by his efforts and presence of mind,” said Gaurav Tripathi, an eyewitness.
Hospital authorities were alerted by Oxygen vendor
While blame game of ‘who is responsible’ for the fatal error which took innocent lives, a letter by the oxygen supply department in the Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College’s hospital warning about shortage has appeared which points hospital authorities negligence.
According to reports, the letter was written to the hospital authorities on August 3 and 10 alerting them about the shortage of oxygen cylinders as the Pushpa Sales stopped supply due to previous pending payment.