Amid the rising death toll of the people due to AES in Bihar, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was questioned on the status of facilities in the hospitals.
Responding to the questions of media in an ire tone, Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that the state and Central government are doing their best, even as he refused to address a press conference in the matter. Asserting that he has shared all the information in the matter with the media, he added that facilities are being provided in the hospital and the situation is being monitored.
"The Shree Care Centre is already in the advanced stage of development, I myself have gone and seen that. In the same campus, the super-speciality hospital is already working there. I am not addressing a press conference here. I have said whatever I wanted to say. We are doing the best. I have shared everything with the media. We are monitoring the whole thing every hourly," said Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Following the Bihar medical crisis, a case was filed by Social activist Tamanna Hashmi on June 17 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 children due to AES in almost 17 days of the outbreak.
The activist alleged that ministers failed in creating awareness and in sensitising people in the affected areas despite the fact that AES had been killing children for years.
Speaking on the case, Hashmi said, "The case has been filed against the accused, Harsh Vardhan and Mangal Pandey, under 323, 308 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). A large number of children died due to negligence and lack of infrastructure to give them timely proper treatment”, he said.
Meanwhile, the government led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been making accuses and blaming the cause of the outbreak on excessive heat and humidity, hypoglycemia, eating litchis on an empty stomach.