Even as the death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur has crossed 100, a minister under the Nitish Kumar government has made a shocking remark saying that no one is permanent and disease can happen any time to anyone.
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.
"There is a disease, and there is a cure to the disease. Stop the talks now. If its a disease, then it is a disease. It can happen to anyone at any time. There is no end to that. If that could be stopped, then we would have been permanent. Bihar Health Ministry is working but disease can happen anytime to anyone. Both the state and Central government is working at its pace," Pramod Kumar said.
On June 17, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called an internal meeting of senior officials of the health department following reports of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) which has claimed lives of over 100 children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district.
While excessive heat and humidity, hypoglycemia, eating litchis on an empty stomach have been cited as the reason behind so many deaths by the state government, the questions as to why the state or Centre failed to combat this illness remain unanswered.
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.