Muzaffarpur: Encephalitis death toll mounts to 96
According to official data, 79 children have died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), while 17 have lost their lives in Kejriwal hospital in the city
Muzaffarpur:As many as 96 children have lost their lives due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), officials said on Monday.
Bihar: Death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur rises to 93. pic.twitter.com/AI1RzBkjpi— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2019
According to official data, 79 children have died in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), while 17 have lost their lives in Kejriwal hospital in the city. In the wake of fatalities due to AES, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to families of the deceased.
He had also given directions to the Health Department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures to fight the disease. AES is a viral disease, which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions, and headaches.
Suresh Sharma, Bihar Minister on death in Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES): Government has been working from the beginning. There is no lack of medicines. However, there are lack of beds and ICUs as compared to the emergency situation at present. pic.twitter.com/MRoUb8PC6K— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2019
Randeep Guleria, Director AIIMS on Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar: Unfortunately encephalitis is common in Bihar&many researches are being done. Our aim is to get a control over the deaths. Both AIIMS& Central govt are ready to help for development of health infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/H34eJw6BBc— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2019
Bihar: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan & MoS Health Ashwini Choubey meet patients & their families at Sri Krishna Medical College&Hospital in Muzaffarpur. So far, 80 people have died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur. pic.twitter.com/zQA1q3Pp6n— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2019
Last week, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had said a team that was formed to ascertain the cause of this disease concluded that sleeping empty stomach at night, dehydration due to humidity and eating lychee on empty stomach were some of the causes of encephalitis.
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