Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: #ModiMustSpeak trends as Twitterati expresses anger over PM's silence
On Friday, within a span of 48 hours, almost 30 children died at a government hospital in Gorakhpur due to a disrupted oxygen supply
State-run BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur is in the line of fire as the hospital on Friday reported the death of 30 children within a span of 48 hours shocking the entire country. Questions are being raised on the efficiency of the hospital administration and the Uttar Pradesh government itself as the tragic deaths apparently happened due to the shutting down of critical oxygen supply to the emergency paediatric unit over non-payment of dues to the vendor.
Following the outrage all over the country, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered an enquiry into the incident. According to IANS, state Health minister Siddhartha Nath Singh and Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon were directed by an "extremely unhappy" Adityanath to inspect the situation at the state-run facility and take strict action against those responsible.
The report also mentioned that more than 60 children had lost their lives over the past five days due to lack of oxygen supply.
The incident has shed light on the despicable conditions of government-run medical institutions, with several people taking to Twitter to criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the issue.
Several used the #ModiMustSpeak to compel Modi to voice his opinion on the incident.
Modi ji comments on everything but why is he silent on theUP incident #ModiMustSpeak
— Shivanshu !! (@I_Atheist_) August 12, 2017
One tweet said that the Indian prime minister can speak about international heads suffering from dysentry, but not about the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy:
A tweet in the same vein stated:
— arshad hussain (@iamarshad7) August 12, 2017
Another tweet called Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath as Modi's junior:
The institution of democracy was questioned in one tweet:
Who owns the nation? We, the people. Hence the questioning of the Govt & institutions must b kept alive in a democratic order #ModiMustSpeak
— Sadhavi Khosla (@sadhavi) August 12, 2017
The Indian prime minister was asked to focus on real issues:
One tweet said that the life of Indians are of little value to Modi:
The life of Indians is of no value for the PM. He is pained at tragedies across the world but unmoved seeing Indians in pain. #ModiMustSpeak
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) August 12, 2017
Senior Congress leader Pawan Khera requested Modi for just one tweet on the incident:
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