The precarious public healthcare service in Bihar, negligence of the Nitish Kumar government and the blame-game has left Bihar in the state misery with the death toll of children reaching 113 due to the of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).
After relentlessly running the campaign for Bihar, Republic TV conducted a sting operation on the Civil Surgeon of Bihar's Muzaffarpur, SP Singh, who made astonishing statements around the entire medical crisis in the state.
During the investigation, on a hidden camera, the Civil Surgeon is caught saying that people are foolish, accused them of wanting money and even went on to admit that the healthcare services lack equipment.
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Despite the government's inactivity and delay to deal with the medical crisis in the issue, the Civil Surgeon accused the people of the lack of attention towards their children.
He said, "I printed on all ambulances. Even on Ambulances which are on standby. (unclear) spread this message in the public. The public isn't educated. The public is foolish. Hence we need to make a lot of hue and cry. These people belong to the low socio-economic group. (unclear) they don't pay attention to their children. Now so many people are suffering from the disease. Wherever I got, its only AES, AES."
While over 100 children have lost their lives, the Civil Surgeon went on to say that people want to take undue 'advantage of the situation' and accused them of benefiting financially through this situation.
He said, "Whichever mode of transport is used to bring the patient to the hospital, we reimburse that money. Bus, auto, and other fares are reimbursed. No matter where they come from, they get Rs. 400. If they use a private vehicle in case they don't get an ambulance, the entire fare is reimbursed. Now despite that, you and I are well aware of our society, isn't it? A few people take unwanted advantage of the situation. Some people want to get treatment while others just want to take the money. They come and sign the papers. I am saying that we aren't unaware of the situation. This is a mindset in our society, people come and give false testimony. They say the patient is critical."
Furthermore, he confessed that there is an issue with the management and that the Institute is not equipped to function during emergency situations.
He said, "We live in a democracy. Every few years the government changes, everybody functions in a different manner. We are not unaware of this."
"Maximum death occurred in the year 2014 and this year. There is management, the issue is being managed but the population is increasing. The Institute was built 40 years ago, hence there is a problem during emergency situations," he added.
SP Singh added that rain will bring relief to the issue, saying that 'heat and humidity spreads the disease'
He said, "Yes. You must observe that the cases increase as the heat index rises. Heat and humidity spread the disease. For example, Delhi if there are heat and no humidity accordingly it will cause imbalance. Humidity works during the night."