Gorakhpur: As many as 72 children have lost their lives in Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur in the last couple of days. This is the city where UP Chief Minister Adityanath has his power base. The loss of lives of innocent children in such a macabre fashion has shocked the entire nation.
Amidst allegations of ineptitude and mishandling, a doctor who was being hailed as messiah of the children, who saved many lives from sure death, Dr Kafeel Khan, has been unceremoniously removed from his post. At a time, when patients, fellow doctors and media were hailing Dr Khan for trying to do his best to manage oxygen cylinders for the pediatric department of the college, UP government has removed Dr Khan from the post of nodal officer for the Department of Pediatrics at the medical college.
Dr Khan not just went from hospital to hospital and from one nursing home to the other, he also paid from his own pocket to arrange oxygen cylinders to save the lives of children many of whom would have certainly lost their lives.
The news of his unceremonious removal has shocked people. According to a report on India Today, Khan was ousted on Sunday. He is the second person from the hospital administration, following the suspension of the principal of the BRD medical college, Dr Rajeev Mishra. According to PTI, Mishra was suspended following the death of 30 infants within a span of 48 hours since 10 August. Mishra resigned from his post to take “moral responsibility” for the incident.
An ANI report says that Dr Bhupendra Sharma has been appointed as the new nodal officer for the Department of Pediatrics in the hospital, taking over Kafil’s role.
An DNA report while highlighting the stupendous efforts by Dr Khan to save the lives of the innocent children says, “Dr Kafeel Khan, the head of the encephalitis ward and a paediatrician, managed to save many lives and the parents in the hospital had said that had it not been for Khan’s work, the number of deaths in the past 48 hours would be more than 36…On the night of August 10, the central oxygen pipeline in the college premises started beeping, indicating low supply of the gas. The doctors and hospital staff knew that the supply could be maintained through emergency cylinders, but only for two hours. They did not know what to do after that”.
The report goes on to add, “Khan knew that uninterrupted oxygen to critically ill children, was the only life-saving medicine, to save lives of those suffering from encephalitis…A few called up the supplier, only to be told that they will send fresh supplies only after clearance of their dues. Refusal from other suppliers caused more panic in the hospital. But Khan did not lose hope. He drove two hospitals employees in his car to his friend’s private nursing home and borrowed three oxygen cylinders…Before leaving the hospital, he had given standing instructions to junior doctors on duty and paramedical staff to keep pumping Ambu bags if the oxygen supply further reduced in the central pipeline”.
The NDA report further says, “When he returned to the hospital, he was informed that a local supplier was ready to supply oxygen cylinders on cash payment. Dr Khan gave his ATM debit card to one of his employees and withdrew Rs 10,000 to bring in more oxygen for patients. He also paid for diesel and other expenses to truck drivers who brought fresh supplies from Faizabad…”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”.