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Tuesday 25 Jun 2019 10.22 AM

Encephalitis death toll mounts to 131 in Bihar's Muzaffarpur

Bihar, Encephalitis

Muzaffarpur : With one more death being reported on Tuesday morning, the toll due to Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) epidemic has reached 131 in Muzaffarpur district in Bihar. The death was reported from Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) which handling the largest number of patients in the district. The total 111 deaths have been reported from government-run SKMCH and 20 in Kejriwal hospital.

A senior Resident Doctor deployed at SKMCH, Dr Bhimsen Kumar, was suspended over alleged negligence of duty on Saturday. The Health Department had deployed Kumar, a paediatrician at Patna Medical College and Hospital to SKMCH on June 19 after the AES outbreak. The Supreme Court on Monday expressed "serious concerns" over the rising deaths of the AES patients, saying "it is a matter of great concern". While hearing a plea filed by two advocates, a Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai said: "This (death of children) cannot go on."

The petitioner had sought constitution of a team of medical experts for the treatment of children suffering from encephalitis disease. Bihar government told the court that it is taking all necessary steps to control the outbreak of the AES in Muzaffarpur and that the situation is "absolutely under control."ANI

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