According to a news report by NDTV, 100 children have passed away due to an encephalitis outbreak in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. 300 more have been admitted and are suspected to be affected by the outbreak.
In the last 20-22 days, 57 children — 47 at SKMCH and ten at the privately-owned Kejriwal Maternity Hospital — have died due to AES…We are monitoring all this and have decided to make people aware of AES,” State Health Minister Mangal Pandey told local journalists in Muzaffarpur.
Fe further added, “A team comprising one Professor, three Associate Professors, four Assistant Professors, nine Senior Resident Doctors and 15 Junior Resident Doctors, is monitoring the situation at SKMCH…encephalitis is a viral infection, which causes mild flu-like symptoms such as high fever, convulsions and headaches.”
Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan said:
“Despite all problems and considering the seriousness of this disease, I appreciate the efforts put in by the doctors to ensure efficient treatment to everyone.”
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced “an ex gratia payment of Rs. 4 lakh to the next of the kin of those who have died.”
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