Even as the death toll in the cases of children rises more than 100 in the state of Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur but did not interact with the media or the protesting people outside the hospital.
Amid widespread protest, Nitish Kumar stepped out of the hospital and sat straight in his vehicle. His convoy made its way outside the hospital premises even as hundreds of protestors sought an explanation from him for the deaths of the children.
Informing about Nitish Kumar's visit, MLC Devesh Thakur said:
"Nitish Kumar has gone to every ward, visited every child on every bed. He has talked to all the doctors and all the guardians and parents of the children affected. Although there was no one from outside where Nitish met the doctors. However, I am confident that there must have been a concrete decision. The meeting was more than 3 hours, CM is a sensitive man, he must have taken a strong decision to combat it. And he will speak when the time comes."
As per reports, the death toll in Muzaffarpur district has reached more than 100, 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.
A protestor outside the SKMC hospital said: "CM cannot just sit in his car and walk away, he has to reply. We are protesting against the inefficiency of the government. Nitish Kumar must answer, he cannot come in an AC car and go."
On June 18, as the Bihar Chief Minister was leaving the venue at the Vidhan Sabha campus in Patna after paying tribute to Anugrah Narayan Sinha on his birth anniversary, Republic TV reporter confronted him and asked him if it is too late that he is visiting the patients in the Muzaffarpur hospital after days of the encephalitis outbreak. However, Nitish Kumar chose to duck and ignore the question "Isn't it too late?" as he sat in his car and left the venue.
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. Moreover, it was alleged that Union Health Minister of State Ashwini Kumar Choubey was sleeping during the press briefing on the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome by Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Making a shocking remark on Tuesday while 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.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Rabri Devi has targeted the 'double engine' government in the state of Bihar and said that negligence of the Nitish Kumar led government has led to the 'murder' of so many children.