In an outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar, over 100 (130 at the time of publishing the story) have died in several hospitals of Muzaffarpur and nearby district. While the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government has been incapable to provide a substantial reason to the increasing death toll in the state, a number of doctors have claimed that eating Litchi empty-stomached can be one of the reasons of the outbreak.
In yet another incident from a hospital in Bihar's Vaishali district where 17 children have lost their lives due to alleged AES, doctors have argued that Litchi can be one of the reason.
"One of the possible reason is eating Litchi on empty stomach," a doctor said speaking to Republic.
Later, on being questioned on the lack of facilities in the hospitals for the patients of AES, doctors claimed that while there are enough facilities, the patients' families try to get treatment from better and big hospitals in Muzaffarpur.
Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday, 17 days after the AES outbreak, visited the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, however, did not interact with the media or the protesting people outside the hospital.
Locals carried out protests outside the hospital as the Bihar CM visited the patients inside the hospital.
As the death toll in Bihar is increasing with each-passing day, the administration under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been giving excuses and blaming the cause on excessive heat and humidity, hypoglycemia, and even eating litchis on an empty stomach. However, despite the disease affecting the state every year, the questions as to why the state or Centre failed to combat this illness remains unanswered.
As per reports, the Chief Minister had earlier announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for each child who succumbed in the outbreak.