The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday suspended the Principal of the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur for the deaths of over 60 children.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's office tweeted, quoting Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh, that the principal has been suspended with immediate effect for negligence.
Earlier, Adityanath dispatched Singh and Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon to the tragedy-struck town with instructions to "spare none for the tragedy".
Sixty-three children have lost their lives due to encephalitis and reported lack of oxygen supply at the BRD Medical college in five days, of whom many were infants, and 30 of the deaths were reported in the last 48 hours.
The Centre has sought a detailed report from the UP government on the deaths of the children in at a Gorakhpur hospital, said Health Ministry sources.
Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel and Health Secretary CK Mishra were asked to visit Gorakhpur and look into the various lapses at the BRD Medical College where these children were admitted, a Ministry official told IANS on condition of anonymity.
Health Secretary Mishra has reached Gorakhpur while Patel was expected to reach there soon.
The Union Health Ministry planned to send a delegation of doctors from Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Safdarjung Hospital and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital to help the doctors at BRD, the official said.
The BRD medical college has been receiving massive funds from the state to tackle encephalitis, especially after Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Attendants and family members of the patients admitted at the medical college, however, claim that despite the funds, there were neither doctors, nor proper treatment, adequate medicines or oxygen supply.