Several reporters from Republic TV are bringing the ground scenario in Bihar on the increasing number of deaths of children owing to the of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). The death toll has risen to 133 till now owing to the disease.
Senior Editor Prakash Singh travelled to Harivanshpur in Vaishali in the state where many locals are moving their children from their homes to that of their relatives. The locals who are mostly labourers belonging to Dalit community have said that they have been deemed helpless and hence have no other choice but to uproot their families and move to a different place as the number of deaths children rises in Bihar.
"We have to leave the village as our children could die. what will we do if all our children die. I had four cihldren, one of whom died. The doctors at the hospital in Hajipur did not check us properly, they just inserted the saline tube and left. After the saline was empty, we looked for them and found them in the AC room drinking water. "
He also spoke about the government apathy.
"No government official came to visit us, they came after the children started dying. No prior information was given to us about the illness.
One more individual who has lost his daughter spoke to Republic TV about the negligent attitude in the hospital.
"The doctor gives us this (ORS) packet and tells us to give it to the children. On 8 June Chatur's children died, then my daughter died on 15 June, Ramdeswanis daughter died áfter that. Then, we protested that so the doctors came."
He also spoke about moving to a place so the rest of his children could survive.
"My child is dying in the hospital. We have to move from here. No one is coming to our help here. There is no help from the government. In hospital, four children are being treated in one bed, one child is on the floor. Doctors are not visiting. Nurses are sitting idle on the chair. We have to tell them to change the IV."