Dr Kafeel Khan, who had arranged oxygen cylinders with the help of his friends and private vendors to save lives of many children during the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, has been terminated as the nodal officer for the Department of Pediatrics at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) medical college.
According to reports, Khan has been replaced by Dr. Bhupendra Sharma. However, no official reason has been given for Khan’s removal.
Khan borrowed three oxygen cylinders from other nursing homes when the oxygen supply at BRD Hospital and even withdrew Rs 10,000 from his personal account to purchase 17 oxygen cylinders in order to save as many infants as possible, DNA reports. According to parents in the hospital, had it not been for his work, the number of deaths in the past 48 hours would be higher.
According to reports, Khan made several trips to various hospitals nearby to borrow oxygen cylinders till the next morning. By Friday morning, the oxygen supply had almost trickled down to cipher, when Ahmed instructed his junior staff to pump oxygen through ambu bags (a self-inflating bag), India Today reports.
There is no immediate reason given for his removal. After the story about Khan, who is reportedly a Samajwadi Party supporter, appeared in several newspapers, twitter trolls having allegiance with Sangh Parivar have been allegedly trying to tarnish his image saying that he had cheated his way into the medical college. A twitter user (@WrongDoc) alleged that the nursing home that he got the oxygen cylinders from belonged to him and he was running an illegal practice. A web portal Postcard.news published a report questioning his integrity.
Khan was the second person from the hospital administration to step down after the the suspension of the principal of the BRD medical college Dr Rajeev Mishra. However, Mishra resigned from his post to take “moral responsibility” for the incident.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister JP Nadda and Chief Minister Adityanath on Sunday visited the hospital to enquire about the tragedy and promised actions against those involved.