As the number of children dying due to Encephalitis reaches more than 100 in Bihar, son of Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and MP from Jamui Chirag Paswan has said that ministers should refrain from giving statements that are insensitive during such a sad time in the state.
Speaking to media, LJP leader said:
"Health is the issue of the state. But here in Bihar, centre, and state is an ally. We have to ensure that at least these things must not take place in the states ruled by us. It is our responsibility. Every year such cases are happening, there cannot be more saddening incident than this for our state because innocents are losing their lives. I appeal to the Centre that they form a committee for research and set a deadline so that there cannot be any such case after this."
"I will not comment anything on Mangal Pandey's remark or any other minister's remark but I will urge that at this time there should be sensitivity. And prove it through your work and steps", Chirag Paswan added.
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As per reports, the death toll in Muzaffarpur district has reached more than 100, with the administration under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar blaming it on excessive heat and humidity, hypoglycemia, 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.
Adding to it, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited Muzaffarpur hospital on Tuesday after 89 children have already died since the epidemic broke in that hospital. Meanwhile, a case has been filed by social activist Tamanna Hashmi against Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey in a court in Muzaffarpur district on charges of negligence leading to the deaths of innocent children due to AES over a period of 9 days. Moreover, it was alleged that Union Health Minister of State Ashwini Kumar Choubey was sleeping during the press briefing on the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome by Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Making a shocking remark on Tuesday while responding to questions of the media over Bihar government's inefficiency in taking adequate measures to prevent deaths of children and other patients due to AES in the state, Bihar Tourism Minister Pramod Kumar made an insensitive remark saying that no one can stop a disease, arguing that the Nitish Kumar administration is working for the people amid the outbreak.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Rabri Devi has targeted the 'double engine' government in the state of Bihar and said that negligence of the Nitish Kumar led government has led to the 'murder' of so many children.