In a massive breakthrough in the medical disaster prevalent in Bihar, Muzaffarpur BJP MP Ajay Nishad, on Monday, has admitted that there is a lack of doctors in the district adding that as most cases have been cured, there should not have been any deaths due to Acute encephalitis syndrome. The current death toll stands at 104 children.
Explaining the pitiful condition of the hospitals in Muzaffarpur, he said that there was a need to increase the number of ICUs as 1-3 children were being treated on the same bed.
In conversation with ANI, he also added that the Chief Minister is aware of the situation and would visit the hospitals when he gets time adding that the situation is being handled by the government.
"If the Chief Minister gets time, he will definitely go and visit the hospitals. Yesterday I received news that the families of the deceased children should be granted 4 lakh each, as directed by CM Nitish Kumar. It is not that the government is asleep. The authorities are doing their work to address the issue. Within a few days, the government will take strong steps to tackle the situation," he said.
Speculating on the reason for the outbreak of AES he said that while the biggest reason can be this year's very high temperatures, eating litchi and malnutrition may also be the cause.
Earlier in the day, a case had been against Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey for not spreading awareness about Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) prior to the outbreak, according to ANI.
After several days of silence, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has called an emergency internal meeting on Monday to address the situation arisen due to the outbreak of the disease. Reports say that health department senior officials are to be present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Vardhan who visited the state on Sunday addressed a press conference after reviewing the situation and explained the efforts taken by the Centre and the state.
"I took an overall comprehensive view. The efforts made by the government till now is good. We have set the timelines to improve the situation after meeting with Bihar Health minister. An epidemiologist will be posted immediately to study this district continuously," he said.
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.