Encephalitis claims five more lives in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, toll reaches 48

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Updated: June 14, 2019 8:42:29 AM

On Thursday, a seven-member central team visited SKMCH and Kejriwal Matrisadan. It recommended a separate ward for children with a laboratory at SKMCH. Dr Shailesh Singh said that the team asked doctors to stick to the standard operating procedure of giving symptomatic treatment.

Encephalitis deathEncephalitis toll rises to 48 in Bihar. Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey to visit Muzaffarpur hospitals on Friday.

Five more children have lost their lives in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), taking to toll to 48. According to a report in The Indian Express, four deaths were reported at Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) and one at Kejriwal Matrisadan at Muzaffarpur on Thursday,.

Muzaffarpur Civil Surgeon Dr Shailesh Kumar Singh informed that 80 children are being treated at the two hospitals in the city so far. He said that 17 fresh admissions have been reported at two Muzaffarpur hospitals. The condition of 10 children is said to be critical.

Till date, 143 cases of encephalitis have been reported from 11 districts — Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Samastipur, Sheohar, Sitamarhi, East Champaran, Patna, Gaya, Jehanabad, Bhojpur and Aurangabad. Regional Additional Director, Health, Ashok Kumar Singh, said that Muzaffarpur has been worst hit.

On Thursday, a seven-member central team visited SKMCH and Kejriwal Matrisadan. It recommended a separate ward for children with a laboratory at SKMCH. Dr Shailesh Singh said that the team asked doctors to stick to the standard operating procedure of giving symptomatic treatment.

“The team asked for setting up a separate children ward with a laboratory at SKMCH. The team felt a laboratory at the hospital would provide reports quickly and help in the treatment of AES,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state government has asked health volunteers to distribute ORS packets in areas that have been hit by the disease outbreak. Besides, 1200 primary healthcare centres have been asked to provide immediate treatment to patients.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the Health Department was keeping close watch and had directed people about the preventive measures.

“Ahead of rains (monsoon), every year this disease creates havoc. It is a matter of concern that every year children die due to it,” he said.

A state health department official said that state Health Minister Mangal Pandey will visit Muzaffarpur on Friday to take stock of the situation. Also, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and MoS for Health Ashwani Kumar Choubey will visit Muzaffarpur to take stock of the situation.

 

 

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