As the death toll of children dying allegedly due to hypoglycemia in the state of Bihar increases, Minister of State of Home Ministry Nityanand Rai visited the Sri Krishna Medical College in Muzaffarpur district in Bihar and ensured that government is taking steps to stop it. However, he said that research to find out the real reasons of the disease is still going on.
On Saturday, as many as 69 children have died so far in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. All the victims have fallen prey to hypoglycemia, a condition caused by a very low level of blood sugar and electrolyte imbalance. While the health minister of Bihar Mangal Pandey has blamed the parents for not being fully aware and delaying the children to take to the hospital, the MoS said that centre and the state is taking all steps to tackle it.
"We know it as Japanese fever and for two years there have been cases. But this year, this has affected so many children. Therefore, to stop this from spreading Muzaffarpur administration, the Bihar government and the Central government is taking prompt steps. In this situation of grief, we expect support from everyone and the system is empathetic to it," said MoS Home affairs Nityanand Rai
He further said that the research teams will investigate the cause of the deaths of so many children.
"When there have been cases on this in the last few years, then we did a proper investigation as to why the fever is happening and what is it, we called teams from Norway too but nobody was able to fathom it. There have been no findings of the disease but research is still on," Rai added.
Emphasizing that the centre and state are together working against it, he said:
"Precaution has been taken, we advertised to spread awareness about the disease. Every attempt is being made. There are so many syatems, aaganwadi is there, Indra Dhanush is there, so many facilities have been provided. Those who are victims family, the team will research why and what led to the death of their children. We all should fight together against this disease. In the morning, Bihar's Health minister came, now I came as a representative of the central government, health minister will come tomorrow. We are together working to stop this."
In the morning on June 15, a statement issued by Muzaffarpur district administration said that since June 1, 178 and 72 children were admitted in SKMCH and Kejriwal hospital respectively with suspected cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) but most of them were found to be victims of hypoglycemia.
The health minister who held a meeting with doctors and officials at the SKMCH said six more ambulances will be available there from Friday and a 100-bed new ward will be made operational soon. Pandey said creating awareness among the people is needed to prevent the outbreak of the disease.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has already directed the officials concerned to ensure that preventive measures were taken in the affected districts, though deaths have so far been reported from Muzaffarpur only. A central government team of experts had also visited Muzaffarpur on Wednesday.