There seems to be no end to the apathy of the Bihar administration amid the ongoing medical crisis owing to the encephalitis outbreak in the state.
To add humiliation to the tragedy, a government hospital in Bihar's Nalanda has denied a stretcher for carrying the body of a dead child. Nalanda happens to be Nitish Kumar's home turf.
In the shocking visuals seen in the video above, the parents are seen carrying the dead body of the child on his shoulder and walking outside the Sharif Sadar hospital.
As the death toll in the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) rose over 180, the Bihar Police under CM Nitish Kumar registered cases against 19 people of Harisvanshpur village in Vaishali district alleging that they caused ruckus and incited violence. Moreover, funds worth 481 crores allocated for child development has not been used by the state government.
Republic TV investigated the matter and met the individuals in the Vaishali district of Bihar. The investigation found that the case was registered against random people, one among them being differently able. The people of Harivanshpur village protested on the national highway when they were booked for disrupting the road.
In the NITI Aayog's Healthy States Ranking which was released on Tuesday Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have emerged as the worst performing states. The “Healthy States, Progressive India” report was released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar.
The second edition of the report focused on measuring and highlighting the overall performance and improvement of the states over a two-year period (2016-17 and 2017-18). The report took into account the health outcomes, governance and processes, and impact of policy interventions.
The Bihar CM and Deputy CM Sushil Modi have been silent about the Encephalitis outbreak, with the former slamming the media saying it to 'stay in limits' and the latter asking reporters to 'leave the press conference if they want to ask about the death of the children'.