In addition to senior officers from the Health Ministry, Ministry of Women and Child Development, experts from AIIMS, NCDC, ICMR, IAP, WHO and CDC were present at the meeting. Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited SKMCH. The state government has announced several measures too. More in this report….
Acute encephalitis syndrome or brain fever has taken its toll on hapless children in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Over a 100 children have died in the last 17 days. In SKMCH itself the death toll has crossed 80.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur to take stock of the situation. He spent an hour and a half and personally interacted with parents of the infected children. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has reiterated his assurance of complete assistance to the state govt to deal with the serious issue.
The state administration is making every effort to deal with the fever.
Bihar’s Chief Secretary on Tuesday said that the capacity of the SKMCH hospital is being increased to 2500 beds. A 100 bed ICU will also be set up there.
Anganwadi and ANM workers instructed to administer ORS, and glucose to children.
District Magistrate of Muzaffarpur said that a five member team is investigating the causes of the illness. The State Government has directed that the socio-economic as well as health profiles of the homes from where the children come is documented so that all possible contributing factors of the disease can be determined.
BJP MP from Bihar, Ajay Nishad, expressed deep sorrow over the deaths of more than 100 children because of encephalitis. He said the state government is constantly monitoring the situation. An ex-gratia of 4 lakh rupees has been announced to the next of kin of those children who have died from the illness.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had reviewed the situation at a high level meeting attended by senior officials of the Health Ministry, Indian Council for Medical Research and AIIMS. Dr. Harsh Vardhan had visited SKSMCH Hospital along with Union MOS Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Bihar’s Health Minister Mangal Pandey on Sunday.