Virender Sehwag Tweets Over Children Deaths In Gorakhpur Tragedy Draws Twitterati’s Ire, Got Thrashed Brutally

Vamshi Krishna

At least 60 children have lost their lives in over five days in a Gorakhpur hospital run by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. The children in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital died because of infections and an alleged disruption of oxygen supply in the pediatrics ward.

While the deaths are being blamed on infections and on alleged oxygen supply shortage in the medical institute’s pediatrics ward, hospital and district administration rejected oxygen shortage as the reason. The oxygen cylinder supplier stopped supplying cylinders because the government-run hospital wasn’t paying dues amounting to Rs. 70 lakh despite the repeated reminders.

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According to the reports, the sole supplier of liquid oxygen to the hospital had been writing letters regularly to the officials, saying the supply of oxygen could be disrupted if accumulated dues of Rs 68 lakhs were not cleared.The firm had written letters to BRD authorities on August 1 and August 8, cautioning them about a possible disruption. The letters, however, elicited no response.

The hospital authorities made a partial payment of Rs 21 lakhs against the accumulated dues only late on Friday, a day after 23 children had died at the nodal medical facility for the treatment of Japanese Encephalitis in the region.


Former Indian Cricketer took to Twitter on the matter and wrote something about earlier deaths. This didn’t go well with Twitterati as Sehwag tweeted about 50,000 deaths that have taken place due to encephalitis since it has been reported in 1978.

Sehwag tweeted, “Deeply pained by the loss of innocent lives in #Gorakhpur. More than 50000 children have lost their lives here since encephalitis was first reported in 1978, the year I was born. We Still haven’t figured a way to save innocent lives from a known disease. Heartbreaking!”

Twitterati went furious against Sehwag for not openly criticizing the present government and the hospital. They termed his expression of feelings as fake and also stated that he belongs to BJP.

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