In a shocking development in Bihar, as death toll rises due to Encephalitis outbreak, gates of the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital was shut from the morning of June 20 and patients were not allowed inside the hospital. This was done to provide VVIP treatment to LJD leader Sharad Yadav who came to visit the patients in the hospital by unsealing the gate for him and then sealing it again.
LJD leader Sharad Yadav visited the hospital on June 20 even as the death of children continues due to the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis syndrome in Muzaffarpur. Patients alleged that the token visit of Sharad Yadav is unnecessary as the facilities in the hospital are disastrous.
Speaking to Republic TV, a patient alleged that the doctors have threatened that if they talk to media their children will be thrown out of the hospital.
"They are not letting us inside the hospital, there is no one in the ultrasound room. We want an answer. They say that if you talk to media we will cut the names of your children and will not treat them."
While Republic TV was live from inside the hospital, a man quarreled with the reporter saying that they are blocking the road so that Sharad Yadav could go and meet the victims in the hospital wards.
"The administration has blocked the way because Sharad Yadav wanted to go and meet the patients and the victim's relative admitted inside the hospital," the man claimed.
His claims came even as it was caught on camera that patients were not allowed and gates of the hospital were blocked, thus exposing VVIP treatment and insensitivity of the authority.
As the condition in the state of Bihar gets worse with the number of cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome(AES) increasing, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi on Wednesday did not utter a word while the reporters kept asking questions on the deaths of children. Moreover, he said that the reporters can leave if they want to ask questions on children.
However, when reporters asked him to speak on the issue, he maintained his silence and evaded the question. The reporter asked: "Children have died today also, it about the lives of children, what do you want to say, what is the government doing"?
However, Sushil Modi did not respond and later his a minister said that he has taken into account all the situations in the hospital. Later in a press conference, he says to all the reporters that those who want to ask on children's issue, then they can leave the room.
"If the reporters want to ask questions on children, please go out and then ask", Deputy CM of Bihar Sushil Modi said.
As per reports, the death toll in Bihar on Wednesday has reached 132, 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.
The Bihar government on June 18 released a press note highlighting their observation on the AES outbreak. This came minutes after Bihar chief secretary Deepak Kumar said that the CM was satisfied with the facilities inside the hospital despite videos from inside the hospital suggesting otherwise.
In the press release of Bihar's CM, one reason for the deaths has been cited that the children slept without having dinner. It says that many affected children slept without eating food. It said that environmental study and analysis is necessary and that the problem of mosquitoes also has to be solved. It also noted that the problem of Drinking water has to be monitored.
The press release further stated that the CM has said that apart from awareness campaign, there must be a focus on all other issues surrounding the affected children. The release also mentioned that the CM wants to know the ratio of girls and boys affected by the disease. The press note further stated that the CM has ordered to increase the number of beds in the hospital and the ICU. He also said that doctors should be available 24*7 in the hospital.
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