Death Toll due to Encephalitis reaches 25 in Bihar, CM and HM Face Public Protest
With the death toll in children suffering from encephalitis reaching 25 in Bihar, the CM and HM faces raging protest from the parents of the suffering children.
The death toll of children in Bihar is now 25 with 10 more children likely to die in Muzzaffarpur. The Chief Minister of Bihar, Jitan Ram Manjhi, had faced public anger from the parents of those patients who were admitted at the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital when he visited the hospital to enquire about the deaths.
After being alarmed over the rising deaths from encephalitis, the chief minister along with the Health Minister of Bihar, Ramdhani Singh, visited the hospital and instructed doctors as well as district officials to provide all the necessary help to the children who were undergoing treatment. Manjhi had also directed other health and district officials who were concerned to take all the precautionary measures so as to control the disease and to ensure that immediate medical treatment is provided to the affected children.
Kushwaha, who had been to the hospital an hour before the chief minister also faced some amount of public protest; the people demanded that the central government intervene in the treatment and welfare of the suffering children. The people were pacified only when Kushwaha told them that he would submit a report to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and request for a high level expert team to be sent to Muzaffarpur. Over 30 children who had suspected encephalitis had been admitted to the various hospitals. Deepak Kumar, principal secretary of the health department, said that an American team of experts that was led by Jacob John, besides another one from Delhi is trying to look into the exact reason why the deaths in children were happening.
According to doctors, acute encephalitis syndrome is a severe form of encephalitis that is characterised by inflammation of the brain. It is the mosquitoes that transmit the infection, triggering high fever in the infected child. An official of the health department said, “Every year, encephalitis hits Muzaffarpur, Gaya and other neighbouring districts in May or June. But this year, it seems to have struck a little late”.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jun 09, 2014
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