GORAKHPUR: Dr. Kafeel Ahmed, released a video on social networking site Facebook which went viral. The head of the encephalitis ward and a pediatrician who initially was hailed as a hero for saving life of children and later hailed allegedly as a villain for the death of over 60 children in a week at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur. The mystery surrounding the role of Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan continues.
An FIR has been registered against Dr. Kafeel Khan in connection with the deaths of children due to alleged lack of oxygen supply. Khan, who was the nodal officer at the pediatric department of state-run hospital, had been hailed as a hero after he reportedly helped the dying kids by arranging oxygen cylinders in the tragic incident in which 30 children had died within a span of 48 hours.
Dr. Kafeel, in a viral Facebook video shared by Kanhaiya KumarJNU FB page, recorded his personal tale of what happened that fateful night.
“I saw DGME (Director General Medical Education) saying that there were 52 cylinders (in the hospital). What Kafeel would have done with three more cylinders?”
He continues to say in Hindi, “I didn’t just bring three cylinders, but I brought 250 cylinders in that 24 hours. There was not a single person there till 6 PM. We kept running all throughout the day and night, No one came. The DM knew about it since noon. I had phoned the CMO and AD (Health) too. I begged to all saying ‘sir give us at least 50 cylinders. It’s a dire situation and children are dying.’ No one came and you talk about three cylinders.”
Dr. Khan further said, “Our entire family is now being force to live in hiding. My mother has gone for Hajj. She’s worried about us that what will happen tomorrow. Everything will be fine because Allah is there with us. I am satisfied that I saved the children’s life. Even if I saved 10 children’s lives, I’m sure I will always have blessing of their parents.”
Police has registered a case against nine persons, including former principal Dr Rajiv Mishra, his wife Dr Purnima Shukla, Dr Kafeel Khan and the proprietors of M/s Pushpa Sales, the company responsible for the supply of liquid oxygen,” Additional Director General (Lucknow Zone) Abhay Prasad told PTI.
Besides, the state government has transferred Additional Chief Secretary (Medical Education) Anita Bhatnagar Jain in connection with the tragedy, an official spokesperson said.
A probe committee, headed by the state chief secretary, had yesterday submitted its report on the deaths to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Gorakhpur tragedy has taken life of over 100 children since 10 August 10. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been elected as an MP for five terms from the city.