At least 83 die in of AES in Bihar's Muzaffarpur

Clay Curtis
June 16, 2019

Four more children died on Friday in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district reeling under an outbreak of brain fever, taking the toll to 57 this month, state Health Minister Mangal Pandey said.

"We are trying our best to save them", said S P Singh, the chief medical officer of Sri Krishna medical college and hospital. In most of the cases, the kids were found to be anemic. On steps to check hypoglycemia, he said: "Integrated Child Development Services has been running nutrition programmes through anganwadi". District authorities said that the children were suffering from high and irregular fever, vomiting, seizures, and acute headaches.

According to health department officials, most of the children have died in SKMCH and dozens of seriously ill children with symptoms akin to AES were still undergoing treatment. Kumar checked paediatric intensive care units, with a team of encephalitis experts and later held discussions with the attending doctors. "The disease was in control for two consecutive years since 2017 because of the awareness campaigns and the favourable weather condition in the region", said a senior official.

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The Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) toll rose to 73 at two Muzaffarpur hospitals on Saturday, a day before Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is scheduled to visit the district. "The Health Ministry in the state held a meeting on this and chose to make people aware of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)", said Mangal Pandey while briefing media.

Five nursing staff members and a team of doctors being sent from government hospitals in Patna are likely to help the medical team at SKMCH. Bihar is facing an intense heat wave. In this list Bihar's health secretary also got counted for supporting the argument of hypoglycemia. "Our immediate objective is to ensure parents' awareness to ensure children do not sleep without food at night and wear proper clothes and avoid going out in the sun".

The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has blamed state government for the rising casualties. The health department, meanwhile, has issued a fresh advisory for the affected districts prepared on the recommendation of the central team, which returned to Patna from Muzaffarpur on Thursday evening. "Why has not he visited the hospital yet?" he asked.

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