Lucknow: Doctor Kafeel Khan, who headed the encephalitis ward of BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur and hailed as a saviour, was sacked on Sunday.
The development comes two days after he reportedly saved hundreds of children by collecting oxygen cylinders from various nursing homes.
Dr. Bhupendra Sharma has now replaced Khan as the Nodal Officer at BRD Medical College, ANI reported. No official reason was given for Khan’s removal.
The toll would have increased had he not acted promptly to arrange fresh oxygen supplies, according to media reports.
Khan had reportedly borrowed three oxygen cylinders from his friend's private clinic and arranged nine more from other hospitals in order to save lives.
But before leaving the hospital for the cylinders he strictly instructed the staff members to keep pumping Ambu bags in case the oxygen supply decreases.
According to DNA, the doctor himself had paid a local oxygen supplier.
He withdrew Rs 10,000 from his account to pay for the cylinders, DNA reported.