Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

SC agrees to hear PIL on Muzaffarpur encephalitis outbreak

SC agrees to hear PIL on Muzaffarpur encephalitis outbreak

To bring down high fever, head wash, bathing and sponging is advised; paracetamol should be taken as per doctor's prescription; to stop the attack of convulsion, anti convulsion drugs or injection may be administrated, and anti viral medicines also come to use sometime.

Of the 107 victims, 88 died at SKMCH and 19 at the private Kejriwal Hospital.

Apart from 2014 when a record 357 children died in the state, the annual death toll is usually much lower. 12 districts of the state has been declared AES affected.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was due Tuesday to visit the state-run Sri Krishna Medical College, where most of the children have died.

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In 2016 tribal dominated Malkangiri district of Odisha had reported 90 children death due to AES, Health department sources said. The response to the notice is expected within four weeks.

The National Human Rights Commission has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government - as well as Kumar's state authorities - to say if there had been a "possible flaw" in implementation of vaccination and awareness programmes. The plea also sought direction to the Centre for providing all necessary medical equipment and other supports for effective treatment of children suffering from the epidemic disease. Sometime back, Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh suffered a lot due to Japanese Encephalitis when about 60 children lost their lives.

AIR correspondent reports that some new suspected cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) has been reported in Bhagalpur, Samastipur, West Champaran, Begusarai, Sitamarhi and Madhubani districts in past 24 hours.

At the meeting, the chief minister will review the measures taken for protecting the people from the heat wave and brain fever, and evaluate the steps initiated for the prevention of Japanese encephalitis (JE) outbreak, which has been reported from several central Bihar districts in the past.

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