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Encephalitis Toll Reaches 84 In Bihar’s Muzaffarpur

he death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) that has gripped Muzaffarpur and the adjoining districts in Bihar has risen to 84. Most of the casualties are between the age group of 1-10.

According to the doctors, the deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) are being caused due to excessive heat and humidity. Locally, this fever is being called ‘Chamki’.

Health experts are of the opinion that unless and until rainfall takes place, the situation will only aggravate in days to come.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 Lakh each to families of the children who died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur. He has also given directions to health department, district administration and the doctors to take necessary measures to fight the disease.

Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey spoke exclusively to Mail Today and maintained that his government was doing everything possible to contain the crisis. He also dismissed allegations that state government was caught napping as the tragedy hit.

“We have been carrying awareness campaign in Muzaffarpur and adjoining areas but despite this, deaths are taking place. We are monitoring the situation 24/7 and ensuring that adequate health services are being provided to the government hospital in Muzaffarpur where children are being treated,” Mangal Pandey said.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai on Saturday visited the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur and took stock of the situation. He also met the family members of the children who are undergoing treatment and assured of all central and state assistance.

“The entire state is in a state of shock over the death of innocent children. We are with the family members of the affected and ready to provide any kind of assistance”, Nityanand Rai said.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visited Patna today enroute to Muzaffarpur to take stock of the situation there in view of rising cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) there.

The Union health minister in Patna also talked about the death due to heat stroke in Gaya. He said, “It’s very unfortunate that people have died due to heat stroke. I advise people to avoid moving out of the house till temperature reduces. Intense heat affects the brain and leads to various health issues.”

A day earlier to his visit, Harsh Vardhan said that the health ministry is constantly monitoring the situation and supporting the state health authorities in managing the AES/JE cases.

Meanwhile, the father of a patient admitted at Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital in Muzaffarpur said that there are no arrangements in the hospital. He said, “Doctors are not paying proper attention. Every hour, more children are dying. Since 12 midnight, there are no doctors, only a few nurses are on duty.”-India Today

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