The medical crisis in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district has aggravated due to the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), as the death toll on Monday soared to over 100, however, the state chief minister Nitish Kumar has been nowhere to be seen.
Since the appalling news broke last week, and the death toll dramatically rose, the chief minister of Bihar sent his Ministers to visit hospitals in the district, while he himself gave it a miss. Moreover, coming to his defence, a Bihar Minister stated that Kumar's 'efforts are important not his visits' on Monday.
However, instead of paying heed to the medical emergency in the state, here is what the chief minister of Bihar had been up to:
Kumar on Tuesday inaugurated and laid foundation stones for more than 100 schemes, worth Rs 875 crore, of the state bridge construction corporation. The function was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and ministers Nand Kishore Yadav, Krishna Kumar Rishi and Rana Randhir Singh
On Thursday Kumar chaired the review meeting of Department of Energy at 'Commissions' of Chief Minister's Secretariat in Patna.
The chief minister of Bihar launched a universal old age pension scheme- Mukhyamantri Vridhajan Pension Yojna (MVPY) that is motivated to cover approximately 36 lakh senior citizens.
On June 15 Nitish Kumar attended the NITI Aayog meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi. On the same day, he announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 Lakh each to families of the children who died.
On Sunday, the JD(U) chief met with President Ram Nath Kovind.
Amid outrage and the death toll rising to 101, Nitish Kumar has called an emergency internal meeting to review the situation.
Meanwhile, amid the crisis, both the Center and the state indulged in the blame game, with no accountability from both ends.
On Sunday, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, accompanied by Union Minister of State for Health Ashwani Kumar Choubey and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, visited the state-owned Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) to review the current situation due to the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).
Muzaffarpur district administration has cited excessive heat and humidity, hypoglycemia, eating litchi on an empty stomach as some of the reasons for this condition. They have also said that some of the patients who died in areas of extreme heat and humidity. They added that malnourishment was the major reason due to which they were unable to cope. Principal Secretary (Health) Sanjay Kumar had said a few days ago that the disease had affected 222 blocks in 12 districts, especially in Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Sheohar and East Champaran.