Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, where 67 children have died since August 7, have been served several notices by the company which supplies liquid oxygen to it before they cut oxygen supply, reports said.
Pushpa Sales Pvt Limited, the oxygen suppliers. said that they have sent at least seven letters to the hospital principal Rajeev Mishra asking to pay their dues before they took the extreme step.
“The delay in payment is reaching six months… in case of further delay, the entire responsibility would be of BRD Medical”, one of the last letter sent to the company reads.
“We would be unable to continue supply… in case of non-payment of dues… it would not be our responsibility”, Indian Express quoted another letter sent by Pushpa Sales Pvt Limited.
The company’s sales manager Gorakhpur, Deepankar Sharma told Sunday Express that they had also sent a legal notice to the hospital administration on July 31, but there was no response.
As per the agreement, payments should be made within 15 days, and the arrears should never exceed Rs 10 lakh. Our payment was due since November 2016, and only two partial payments were released (in May and June). However, we continued to supply oxygen for about nine months on humanitarian grounds. But finally, we did not have enough funds to pay the company from which we source oxygenDeepankar Sharma, Pushpa Sales Pvt Limited manager
“After waiting for about three months, we sent the first letter in February 2017. The payment due was then around Rs 42 lakh. We continued to send reminders — in April, May, June, two in July and August — informing the hospital that it was becoming difficult for us to ensure supply from our own funds any longer. The total amount due was over Rs 60 lakh,” Sharma told Sunday Express.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath broke his silence over the issue on Saturday evening saying that he is personally monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur.
The CM, who briefed PM Narendra Modi on Saturday, said that his government will not spare anyone found guilty and asked a team of top ministers to determine whether there were any child deaths due to a disruption in oxygen supply at the hospital.