In the wake of the increasing death toll due to Hypoglycemia, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey held a meeting with doctors and officials at the SKMCH, following which he said that six more ambulances will be available and a 100-bed new ward will be made operational.
"We have discussed this issue with the health officials. They have given us 3 primary reasons. One is due to excessive heat and humidity because of which dehydration occurs, the second is eating litchi on an empty stomach and the third is Hypoglycemia. Many people are not aware about this. Government is taking preventive measures for this condition," said Bihar Health Minister speaking to reporter.
Earlier speaking in the matter, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also assured that he has been touch with the Health officials for expert opinions in the matter.
The Bihar government has set a joint committee to analyze the opinions received from the health officials of Patna Medical Officials, Muzaffarnagar Medical College and AIIMS amid the rising concerns of the epidemic. The Bihar CM has also said that he has directed the officials concerned to ensure that preventive measures were taken in the affected districts.
3 children have died so far in two hospitals of Muzaffarpur district of Bihar due to Hypoglycemia, which is a condition that is caused by a very low level of blood sugar and electrolyte imbalance.
On Friday, a seven-member team from the Centre examined patients at the SKMCH and prepared a report on the hospital’s management of the disease. A copy of the report was also handed over to Sanjay Kumar, the principal secretary, health, in Bihar. Health Department's Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar had earlier said the disease has affected 222 blocks of 12 districts especially Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Sheohar and East Champaran.
AIIMS-Patna director Dr Prabhat Kumar Singh said that they are open to supporting and developing the capacity of state health personnel. He said they are even willing to share their functional model of ICU and send their team of experts and paramedics to SKMCH for firefighting and hands-on training of their personnel.
With PTI Inputs